Young Workers


The mission of the SEIU-West Young Workers Committee is to engage and unite young union members to become more active and knowledgeable in the labour movement.

Our goal is to mobilize young workers across Saskatchewan to become leaders and activists for social change within their unions and communities at large.

Through support, unity and encouragement, we help develop skills for young worker leadership today.

Community Involvement:

Involvement from the Young Workers’ Committee in the community is a priority because it is an opportunity to meet the people we live with and work for. Unions have a strong relationship to their communities, and it is important to have Young Workers present. Our committee will strive to ensure a presence at both urban and rural solidarity events, such as: Labour Day events, Sidewalk Day festivals, and Homecomings.

We also get to show them that union members contribute to vibrant communities.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the Young Workers’ Committee Brochure

Committee C0-Chairs:
Bryce Kovatch, Moose Jaw Extendicare – 306.533-3645
Janell Kachuik, St. Joseph/Foyer – 306.640.9994

Committee Members:
Hailey Johnson
Davie Lowtan
Arianna Boehm
Brittney Servetnyk
Kayla Howat
Kristen Chilson

PATHS: Intimate Partner Violence & the Workplace

In 2016 and early 2017, PATHS conducted survey and focus group research asking Saskatchewan workers and employers about their experiences of IPV in workplaces. 437 participants completed the survey and 27 individuals participated in interviews and focus groups.

May Day and Mental Health Week: Working Together To Demand Better!

May Day is an international celebration of workers and their achievements for a more just society. Initiated in the 19th century when the working class struggled to achieve the eight-hour work day, the struggles of the working class continue to this day. In recognition of May Day 2017, SEIU-West would like to highlight the connection between May Day and Mental Health Week, which takes place May 1-7.

Letters with the Government – Job Security for Victims of Domestic Violence

The SEIU-West Young Worker Committee (YWC) has been working hard to ensure job security for victims of domestic violence. After launching their online (and paper) petition, the SEIU-West YWC met with NDP representatives and allies such as PATHS, the CLC and the SFL, who worked together to introduce Private Member Bills addressing this issue. We have also been in conversation with the Minister of Labour, Don Morgan and the Minister of Justice, Gordan Wyant – see below for our letter exchanges. And don’t forget to sign the petition!

Register Today! 2017 SEIU-West Young Workers Conference

The 4th Annual SEIU-West Young Workers Conference will be held on August 14-15, 2017 – these dates are chosen due to their proximity to International Youth Day on August 12! The registration deadline is June 30 so be sure to spread the news as soon as possible!

Job Security for Victims of Domestic Violence

That’s why your YWC wants Saskatchewan to follow in the steps of Manitoba and Ontario. Manitoba has already passed legislation to ensure job security, and Ontario is close behind. Our petition calls for all Saskatchewan employers to ensure that victims of domestic violence can access five to ten days of paid work leave and unpaid leave if required.

Labour and legislators fight domestic violence’s impact at work

Earlier this month, Saskatchewan became the latest province to introduce legislation to guarantee paid and unpaid leave to employees who experience domestic violence. Bill 603, an Act to Provide Critical Supports for Victims of Domestic Violence, was introduced by Nicole Sarauer, the NDP MLA for Regina Douglas Park, on March 17. If passed, the bill would allow employees to take 10 days leave, in a row or intermittently, and a continuous leave of 17 weeks in a year to get medical or counselling help for domestic violence, seek legal help or move. Up to five days of that may be paid.

Letter from CLC President in Support of Bill 603

I am writing with respect to Bill 603—An Act to Provide Critical Supports for Victims of Domestic Violence. On December 6, 2016, the Canadian Labour Congress and Saskatchewan Federation of Labour wrote a letter urging you to take action to address the impact of domestic violence on workers and workplaces. This bill provides an excellent opportunity to act on our request, and to make a tangible difference in the lives of those who experience domestic violence.

ACTION: Pass Bill 604! Ensure Job Security for Victims of Domestic Violence

Act to Provide Critical Support for Victims of Domestic Violence! Send a letter today!

Win of the Week March 12 – 18

Your SEIU-West Young Worker Committee is celebrating a successful lobby effort that began on August 12, 2016.  A Private Members Bill was introduced in the provincial legislature on March 15 – this Bill is intended to protect workers who have …

MEDIA RELEASE: Standing Up for Victims of Abuse

Members of SEIU-West are proud to stand in support of a new Bill that will help workers who are experiencing domestic violence. “Financial stability and job security are vital rebuilding blocks for victims of domestic violence as they may need time away from their job to seek safety away from abusers and escape the relationships,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West.

Expression of Interest Deadline: SFL Young Worker Conference

The SEIU-West Young Workers Committee (YWC) is pleased to announce that they will sponsor two SEIU-West members who are under 35 years of age to attend the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour’s Young Workers Conference and Youth Action Summit!

CLC Young Worker Summit – Report

October our SEIU-West Young Worker Committee had the immense privilege of being a part of the first Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) Young Worker Summit. This three day event held in Ottawa invited all young workers (unionized and non-unionized) from across Canada to learn, connect, and grow together

Day of Action and Remembrance on Violence Against Women: Job Security Now!

SEIU-West supports the Manitoba legislation – we need to move beyond the idea that domestic violence is “nobody’s business” – it is a critical issue that must be addressed publicly. Support legislation to protect victims experiencing domestic abuse. Sign the online petition today and download the paper petition here to start collecting signatures.

#YWFightStigma – Join the Campaign for Mental Health Support!

On International Youth Day, August 12, 2016, the SEIU-West Young Workers Committee (YWC) launched its #YWFightStigma Campaign. This campaign has a four goals: To spread awareness; To fight mental health stigma; To demand that our governments and employers provide effective …

SFL Convention 2016! Apply Today!

To support the SFL and its convention, the SEIU-West Executive Board has agreed to sponsor up to 30 members to attend the convention as delegates. Four of these spaces are being reserved for Young Workers – if you an SEIU-West member who will be 29 or younger on opening day of Convention (October 26) you can apply for one of the four designated spots.

Labour Day 2016: Defending Workers Rights!

SEIU-West is a contributor to the 2016 Maclean’s special insert on Labour Day! SEIU-West member, Terrilyn St. Amour, a Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) at Quill Plains Centennial Lodge – a long-term care facility in Watson, Saskatchewan – shared her thoughts on what people might not know about unions. At the same time, SEIU-West President, Barbara Cape, writes about defending workers’ rights in 2016 and reminds us of the empowering roots of the labour movement.

#YWSEIU16: Gallery

The SEIU-West Young Workers Committee held their 3rd Annual Young Workers Conference on August 11-12, 2016. Check out the pictures from the incredible 2 days!

SEIU-West Young Workers Raise Awareness on Mental Health

Members of SEIU-West’s Young Workers Committee held a rally in Saskatoon Friday to raise awareness of mental health issues among youth.

Rally For Mental Health: In Photos!

Check out the photos from the Young Workers Committee (YWC) Rally for Mental Health on August 12, 2016!

MEDIA RELEASE: Rally for Mental Health Support on International Youth Day

For Immediate Release – August 11, 2016 Saskatoon – Members and leaders of the Service Employees International Union West (SEIU-West) and its Young Workers Committee (YWC) are holding a rally for mental health support on International Youth Day, August 12, 2016, …