MEDIA RELEASE: Student Preparation Key to Future of Saskatchewan

For Immediate Release – October 17, 2016

Saskatoon – Members and leaders of the Service Employees International Union West (SEIU-West) are proud to acknowledge and celebrate Education Week from October 16 to 22, 2016 with students, their families, teachers and education support staff across the province.

“The quality education of our youth is the key to our future as a province,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “The responsibility to provide them with that knowledge is not only the responsibility of teachers but that of the whole team of education staff in the school system.”

Education Assistants, Library Technicians, Custodians, Tradespeople, Food Service Workers, Administrative Assistants, and School Bus Drivers in three school divisions – Holy Family (Catholic), Southeast Cornerstone (Public) and Chinook (Public) – all united by their membership with SEIU-West.

“The value of the education team cannot be understated, we believe that everyone in Saskatchewan should have access to the resources they need to succeed in school and prepare them for life,” said Maureen Jackiw, member and Trustee of SEIU-West. “That includes resources such as learning assistance; cultural and language supports for new Canadians.”

“The funding priorities of our government seem to contradict their theme for this year’s education week – ‘Celebrating Today, Preparing for Tomorrow’,” added Cape. “Every year there are funding shortfalls that impact the quality of education and schools. We hope the government will reflect on this theme and adequately invest our tax dollars in public education and ensure our children are well prepared to lead in the future.”

SEIU-West represents more than 13,000 Saskatchewan workers. Our members work in schools, hospitals, home care, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, group homes, day cares, crisis services, municipalities, and private businesses. Joined by one union – SEIU-West – and one colour – purple – our members are an integral part of Saskatchewan communities. Visit PurpleWorks.ca to find out more about the issues that matter to the members of SEIU-West, their families and their communities.

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For more information, contact:
Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator
Phone: 306-652-1011 ext. 8733

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