The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour represents over 100,000 members, from 37 national and international unions. Our affiliate membership belongs to over 500 locals across Saskatchewan and represents dozens of communities. We strive to improve working people's lives throughout the province, whether organized or unorganized, and regardless of affiliation to the Federation. The SFL serves as Saskatchewan's "voice of working people" in speaking on local, provincial, national, and even international issues. We support the principles of social unionism and struggle for social and economic justice for all.

Just some of the issues on which the Federation continues to provide advocacy include occupational health and safety, pensions, labour standards, the minimum wage, equal pay for women, and childcare. Of course, the SFL also plays a role on the national and international stage, participating in the debate on such issues as human rights, poverty, medicare, the growing gap between the rich and the poor, and homophobia, to name a few.


NEW COMMUNITY COALITION SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES AT SFL CONVENTION
Published in the December 2014 Labour Reporter

 

 “To grow, to win, and to ensure everyone has a fair shot at life – we need everybody on board,” said Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) president Larry Hubich as he launched Project: Community at the SFL’s annual convention.

Project: Community is about building from the ground up.

The project is a progressive coalition of community groups from across Saskatchewan, combined with the strength of 100,000 SFL members from all over the province. The aim is to build capacity for positive change within our communities. With a focus on education, solidarity, and electoral engagement the project hopes to engage First Nations communities, student groups, feminists, New Canadians, and any person or group of people that wants to work together to make their voices even louder.

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FOR OUR MOVEMENT TO THRIVE, WE MUST BE INCLUSIVE
By Lyle Daniels, Labour Development Strategist for the Saskatchewan Building Trades
Published in the December 2014 Labour Reporter

 

There are many myths about First Nations and Métis people. The only way that we will be able to work together is to understand each other. Respect is the key to living a life of harmony amongst other cultures. Like all Unions, the key to thrive is to be inclusive. Understanding will bond us together.

I have lived in this beautiful province for 50 years now, grew up in the inner city of Regina, and now have lived at beautiful Regina Beach for a number of years now. My work has given me great opportunities to provide training in First Nations and Métis Awareness – especially dispelling myths and misconceptions of my community.

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SASKATCHEWAN EMPLOYMENT ACT CREATES LABOUR INSTABILITY
Published in the December 2014 Labour Reporter


When Bill 85 – the Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA) – was introduced in the Saskatchewan Legislature in December of 2012, those familiar with industrial relations insisted the Act was unnecessary and would create labour instability. The Saskatchewan Party Government ignored the experts, listened only to their corporate friends, and passed Bill 85 on May 13, 2013. When Bill 85 was passed in the Legislature, Labour Relations Minister Don Morgan said, “we now have an even better Act that is fair to employees, employers and unions.” Then, despite incomplete regulations and a flawed Act, the Saskatchewan Party Government proclaimed the new law on April 29, 2014.

It did not take long to see the inevitable results of the Saskatchewan Employment Act across the province.

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SFL TAKES POSITIVE STEP TO INDIGENIZING OUR LABOUR MOVEMENT
By Tracy Seidel, SFL aboriginal committee chairperson
Published in the December 2014 Labour Reporter

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) now has an exciting new agreement with the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan (MNS). This agreement has been a long time in the making, and is another positive step towards our efforts of Indigenizing our labour movement.

On September 26,  2014 SFL president Larry Hubich, MNS president Robert Doucette, and the SFL Aboriginal vice-president Tracy Seidel met at the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan office in Saskatoon to sign the Partnership Memorandum of Understanding between the SFL and MNS.

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SEIU-WEST HOLDS FIRST YOUNG WORKERS' CONFERENCE
Published in the December 2014 Labour Reporter

 

Before the SEIU-West young workers’ conference that was held on October 9, 2014, they had only two people on their young workers’ committee – by the end of they had seven people sign up. There were 21 delegates and three presenters at their first-ever young workers’ conference in Saskatoon, and sessions included such topics occupational health and safety regulations, injustices facing young workers in Saskatchewan, how to lobby, the role of unions, and how to read a contract.

“It was a lot of information, especially for first-time labour activists, but that was what was so rewarding,” said Hailey Johnson, one of the planners, “collaborating with young workers who are getting involved for their first time is amazing,” she added.

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Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. - Arundhati Roy

November 1, 2014 - Larry Hubich Remains SFL President After Receiving a New Mandate

Delegates at the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) convention in Regina have concluded elections, and Larry Hubich will remain the president after no challenger was nominated. This will be Hubich’s seventh term as president in a row, each term being two years in duration.

October 21, 2014 - Government Should Use New Session to Rebalance Labour Legislation

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) is calling on the Saskatchewan Party government to take advantage of the new legislative session to rebalance this province’s labour legislation.