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The SEIU-West Young Workers Committee (YWC) made it a priority to meet with all leadership hopefuls for both our governing party and the opposition in order to discuss young worker issues. The YWC wanted to know our potential Premier’s plans to address their concerns. The YWC communicated with all candidates and reviewed each candidate’s response to the YWC’s ten identified concerns. The candidate’s grades are based solely on the meeting that took place (i.e. debates and campaign materials were not considered.)
The questions that were asked to responsive candidates were as follows:
- We’re experiencing a rise in precarious work in this province – it’s becoming more difficult to find a full-time job with a good wage, benefits and job security. Our generation does not have the same stability as our parents had. What is your plan to address precarious work?
- Many members of SEIU-West work in health care and experience short staffing due to recruitment and retention issues. Now, public sector workers are being asked to take a 3.5% rollback. We’re concerned that this creates poorer quality jobs with higher demands. We’re also concerned that these cuts will put further strain on recruitment and retention. Where do you stand on public sector wage roll backs? What is your plan to address growing recruitment and retention challenges in health care?
- Mental health is a priority for our committee. What is your plan to improve access for services and support for those suffering from mental illness?
- As young people, we are concerned about the lack of services for our youth. Just recently, we know the Youth Shelter – Dorie’s House in Swift Current – was closed due to inadequate funding. Another example is the cut to Parenting Mentor program due to health care budget cuts; this program was a great value to new, young parents. What is your plan to ensure access to services for our youth?
- Student debt is unmanageable. What is your plan to address the soaring cost of tuition in this province?
- Saskatchewan has experienced a growth of population and with that comes increased student needs however, Educational Assistant positions are being cut due to inadequate funding. What is your plan to address our growing classroom needs?
- We’re highly concerned about our very future on this planet. Wildfires and extreme weather events are becoming the new norm. What is your plan to address climate change
- Domestic Violence is another important priority of our committee, particularly its connection to the workplace. What is your plan to ensure support for those experiencing domestic violence, and how will it connect to the workplace?
- Child care costs are unaffordable. What is your plan to address accessibility for child care?
- Do you have a plan in place that will benefit young people – one that we have not addressed with our questions? (Answers to this question are referenced in general comments in the report card)
By clicking on the pictures below, you can access that candidate’s report card. The YWC hopes these reports will help SEIU-West members in determining who they think is the best fit to lead our province.