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SFL Human Rights Conference

The SEIU-West Executive Board has approved up to 5 members to attend the SFL Human Rights Conference – details are below. If you are interested, please fill out the enclosed Expression of Interest form and return to Barbara Cape, your local President, before the end of the workday on November 5th, 2012. All approved attendees will be covered under the local expense policy. Thank you for your interest in this and future events.

SFL Human Rights Conference 2012

Expression of Interest Form – Conferences and Events

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Expression of Interest Deadline – SFL Convention

Are you an SEIU-West member who is interested in participating in the next SFL Convention?

Please complete the Expression of Interest Form – Conferences and Events and return to the attention of Barb Cape by fax (306.652.1392) to the Saskatoon office by September 15, 2012.

Selection will be made by committee and notifications will be out prior to October 1, 2012.

SEIU-West can only send so many delegates so get your expression of interest in as soon as possible.

Convention Call document:

SFL Convention 2012: CALL 2012 (Revised page 6)

Young Worker Call:

Are you an SEIU-West member who will be under the age of 29 on opening day of Convention (October 31)?

SFL Convention 2012: YOUNG WORKER CALL 2012

 

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SFL Summer Camp: Counsellor Application Form

SFL Summer Camp offers an opportunity to learn about labour issues, human rights, international awareness, co-operative living, and many other important social justice themes.

The 24th Annual SFL Summer Camp takes place August 5th to 11th, 2012.

The SFL is always looking for union members who would like to become Camp Counsellors.  We are committed to having a diverse group of counsellors from a variety of unions and backgrounds.  We invite you to fill out the attached application form if you are interested in working at Camp.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are chosen to be a Camp Counsellor, you will be required to attend the Camp from August 4th to the 11th, a commitment of seven nights and eight days.  We know this is a large commitment of time and energy, and if you have any concerns about being away from home or work for that length of time, please let us know.

The SFL covers the cost of your meals and accommodation at Camp.  Unfortunately, the SFL cannot pay lost wages of Counsellors while they are at Camp.  It is your responsibility to arrange for your union to pay any lost wages you incur.  Some Counsellors donate their time to Camp.  Please ensure that your union has approved your application to Camp before submitting it.

Please fill out the form (linked below) and return by April 2nd to:

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour
Attn: Larry Hubich
#220-2445 13th Avenue
Regina SK  S4P 0W1.
fax: (306)525-8960

We will respond to you by May 1st as to whether or not your application is accepted.

Word document: SFL Kids Camp Cousellor Application Form

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Media Release: SEIU-West to Reply to Appeal of Court Decision

For Immediate Release – March 8, 2012

Saskatoon – SEIU-West members and leadership are disappointed by the announcement that the Government of Saskatchewan will be appealing the Court of Queen’s Bench decision, which struck down the Public Service Essential Services Act (PSES) as unconstitutional.

“Our members were hopeful that the government would accept the decision of the court and we could work together to create legislation that protects public safety and upholds the Charter Rights of working people,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West.

The plaintiffs have 15 days to reply to this appeal and SEIU-West will be seeking intervenor status again.

“Do we want to work on this piece of legislation with the government? Yes we do. Our members have always recognized the important role they play in providing services for the public good and this has not changed through the court challenge nor will it in the future,” continued Cape.

SEIU-West represents approximately twelve thousand working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in healthcare, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator – 306.652.1011 ext. 2250

For a printable PDF of this release, click on the link below:

Media Release: SEIU-West to Reply to Appeal of Court Decision

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Media Release: The Views of Labour on Essential Services

February 14, 2012

For Immediate Release

Saskatoon – SEIU-West members and leadership welcomed today’s announcement from the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, Don Morgan. Mr. Morgan is now seeking input from the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) and its affiliates in order to develop an essential services model. Parties should be working towards an essential services model that will ensure public safety, and at the same time, will not diminish the bargaining power of the providers.

Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West stated: “The decision of Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Ball is truly valued by those of us who have repeatedly sought participation in this process for the last four years. Four years ago today, SEIU-West shared our brief with the [then] Minister of Labour, Rob Norris. While the contents our brief did not positively influence the legislation at the time, the fact that The Public Services Essential Services Act (PSES Act) has now been declared to be unconstitutional does provide us with a sense that the government may recognize a need to be more inclusive with organized labour.”

The letter forwarded today by the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety sets out a timeline of March 2, 2012 for the submission of written views by the SFL and its affiliates.

Cape noted, “We have waited for four years to begin a conversation with the government on this issue and we require sufficient time to complete the process. This involves the opportunity to sit down with the Minister and determine the kind of information we need to share to lend to a better understanding between the parties.  We believe this will naturally connect to what is appropriate as an ‘essential service’ for Saskatchewan people.”

The decision of Justice Ball acknowledged the broad application of the PSES Act and noted that there was an imbalance of power in favour of employers under the Act. He pointed to the absence of an independent dispute mechanism and he confirmed that the Saskatchewan legislation comes far too close to prohibiting the right to strike.

“We continue to be hopeful that our dialogue will result in a positive outcome for our future negotiations processes and we are eager for all parties to reach a resolution together – for the public good and to support worker’s rights,” added Cape.

SEIU-West represents approximately twelve thousand working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in healthcare, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator – 306.652.1011 ext. 2250

For a PDF version of this release, click on the link below:

Media Release: The Views of Labour on Essential Services

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SFL Training Opportunities for SEIU-West Members

It’s that time of year again!

The SFL is holding their annual training sessions.

The SFL Spring School is being held in Humboldt, Saskatchewan on April 22 – April 27, 2012

Click on the following link to download the brochure: SFL Spring School Brochure 2012

The SFL Prairie School for Union Women 2012 being held at Waskesiu Lake June 10-14, 2012.

Click on the following link to download the brochure: Prairie School for Union Women 2012

Anyone interested in attending this function is asked to:

–       fill out the Expression of Interest Form – Conferences and Events

–       fill out the Spring School Registration form and/or Prairie School for Union Women 2012 in the brochures.

Then send your completed forms to:

Judy Denniss, Chair, SEIU-West Education Committee

Mail: 314 Duchess Street, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 0R1.

Fax: (306) 652-1392

Please note that delegates attending schools will be asked to submit a brief report to the SEIU-West Executive Board and the Education Committee following the completion of the event.

Please submit your application and forms for your interests by March 12, 2012 to allow us to complete the registration and selection process.

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ATTENTION SEIU-WEST MEMBERS: A Victory For All Working People!

Justice Ball released his judgment today in the case of the SFL and Intervenor Unions (SEIU-West, CUPE & SUN) and the Charter challenge as against the provincial government and others (public employers including Regional Health Authorities).

A Victory For All Working People!

Saskatoon – We are pleased to advise that Justice Ball concluded that The Public Service Essential Services Act (‘Essential Services law’) is indeed an infringement upon your freedom of association under the Charter, and in a manner that cannot be justified under section 1 of the Charter. Therefore, the ‘Essential Services law’ is declared to be of no force or effect, with this declaration being suspended for the next 12 month period. This means that the Saskatchewan ‘Essential Services law’ has been found to be unconstitutional.

This decision confirms that government measures which interfere with the ability of workers to associate for the purpose of promoting work related interests is a violation of the guarantee of the freedom of association.

What does this mean for SEIU-West members who will soon be returning to a provincial health care bargaining process? We are hopeful that this decision will instigate the Sask Party Government, the Minister of Health, the Department of Health, the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations and the Regional Health Authorities to take notice: in the prior set of provincial health provider negotiations, a fair collective agreement was not achieved. The imbalance to these negotiations came as a direct result of the ‘Essential Services law’.

An essential services plan should not provide a HIGHER complement of STAFFING than what is experienced any other day in health care. Essential Services should not effectively eliminate any meaningful collective activities in support of your bargaining effort. It should not undermine the good faith that is a necessary component to collective bargaining.

A full copy of the February 6, 2012 judgment can be reviewed at www.seiuwest.ca on the home page.

We wanted to share our good news and we will keep you posted on all future developments!

Barb Cape
President
SEIU-West

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SFL PLEASED BY COURT DECISION TO PROTECT WORKING PEOPLE’S CHARTER RIGHTS

Monday, February 06, 2012

I have determined that the rights to bargain collectively and to strike are protected by s. 2(d) of the Charter. The Public Services Essential Services Act infringes on those rights by empowering all public sector employers to make non-reviewable decisions that can effectively preclude the capacity of their employees to engage in meaningful strike action, and thus to engage in meaningful collective bargaining.

– Justice Dennis Ball

Earlier this afternoon, the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench released a historic decision protecting the rights of working people across the province. In a landmark decision, Justice Dennis Ball has determined that the Provincial Government’s Bill 5, which limits the rights of working people, is not constitutional…

Click on the link below to see the full release or visit: ww.sfl.sk.ca

SFL News Release – Charter Challenge Decision

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Good News from the Queen’s Court Bench: Charter Challenge

Click on the link below to read the outcome of SFL v. Province of Saskatchewan:

SFL v Province of Saskatchewan QBG 1059 of 2008

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SFL 56th Annual Convention

The business of convention will include those matters within the purview of the Federation, based on the resolutions and reports before the delegates.

Resolutions deadline: September 19, 2011.

Early Bird Registration deadline is Monday, September 19, 2011: $225

Credentials received after September 19, 2011: $250

For registration forms and more information download the SFL CONVENTION CALL 2011.

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