Rankandfile.ca’s West Coast Correspondent Daniel Tseghay interviews Dennel Pickering about the Fight for $15 movement that is getting underway in Saskatchewan.
J.F. Conway Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall had already broken one promise even before he called the election: “We didn’t make a lot of election promises, but we made one significant one – to keep Saskatchewan strong” (Regina Leader-Post, 18 June 2016) – unless, of course, you embrace that old bromide, “what doesn’t kill you makes Continue readingWall: sky darkens for sunshine premier
By Denise Leduc, Rankandfile.ca writer Just as Canada was signing the Paris Climate Treaty this spring, the LEAP Manifesto was continuing to generate discussion about renewable energy and a new national economic strategy based on shifting away from the fossil fuel and extractive industries. The NDP convention this year amplified the relevance of LEAP even Continue readingThe Future of Iron and Earth in Saskatchewan
A history of Saskatchewan Working Women (SWW) and the role of feminism in the trade union movement. The SWW was a grassroots, feminist organization of female wage earners which operated from 1978 to 1990. SWW was formed by an alliance of trade union women and community-based feminists. Members of SWW came from many different political Continue readingWeekend video: It’s Not Over Yet
By Denise Leduc Saskatoon Crisis Nursery is a safe place where children can go to be cared for and to feel safe. The nursery also provides a home-like environment where children receive quality care during their stay. In 2014-2015 Saskatoon Crisis Nursery served almost 1,500 children and over 700 families. Recently, the Nursery’s 25 workers Continue readingSaskatoon’s Crisis Nursery workers deserve respect
By Evan Radford To privatize or not to privatize — is that the question? It isn’t, at least according to Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, who says his government has no plans to privatize SaskTel. But if we follow our provincial government’s history over the last 10 years, Wall and co. have been much less nuanced Continue readingPrivatizating SaskTel: Brad Wall’s long game?
Tom Graham, President, CUPE Saskatchewan Everyone should have the right to belong the union of his or her choosing. But starting last Friday, Saskatchewan employers now have the option of removing workers with supervisory duties from their bargaining unit. The Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA), proclaimed on April 29, 2014, includes a new provision that excludes supervisory Continue readingSaskatchewan workers have a right to belong to the union they choose
Why we should care about the privatization of Saskatchewan’s prison services By Denise Leduc In late 2015 and again in January 2016, hunger strikes were initiated by inmates in Saskatchewan’s prisons over food issues. There were complaints of uncooked eggs, and meals that were nutritionally unsound. The premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall, flippantly replied, “If Continue readingLetters from Saskatchewan’s inmates
By Denise Leduc In advance of the provincial election in April, the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL), representing over 500 union locals and 100,000 workers in Saskatchewan, has been running workshops throughout the province through an initiative called Project: Community School. “In October of the past year, Canadians rejected the divisive and mean-spirited conservative government Continue readingSFL preps for the election with Project: Community School
In response to increasing public concerns in Saskatchewan over the privatization of hospital laundry services and the provincial government’s push for private MRI clinics, The Council of Canadians and the CUPE Health Council have organized a five city tour against the privatization of healthcare in Saskatchewan. Rankandfile.ca editor Gerard Di Trolio spoke with Michael Butler, Continue readingSaskatchewan’s creeping healthcare privatization – An interview with Michael Butler
Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v. Saskatchewan By Charles Smith On January 30, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) made its long anticipated ruling in Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) v. Saskatchewan. In its decision, the SCC overturned its 1987 decision in Reference Re Public Service Employee Relations Act (Alta) (Alberta Reference). In the Alberta Continue readingThe Politics of the Constitutional Right to Strike
Quebec pensions fight | Tembec strike | How WSIB has failed | Sexual harassment in the workplace | Rail fatigue | Western Canada workplace safety | Ste-Thérèse Paccar lockout | Muzzled scientists at bargaining table | Green jobs vs tar sands Quebec unions slam pension bill, vow new round of protests Marian Scott, Montreal Gazette Continue readingR&F’s Labour News Update – December 8, 2014