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.
Keep Liquor Sales in Public Hands
In recent months, members of the Government of Saskatchewan have publically mused about selling off assets that belong to Saskatchewan people. They are considering privatizing liquor sales in Saskatchewan, and the process has already begun. The government is closing SLGA stores in four towns - Langenburg, Ituna, Ponteix, and Kerrobert - and is now talking about full-scale privatization of liquor sales in Saskatchewan.
Revenue from public liquor stores helps fund services we all care about, like hospitals, schools, long term care beds, and highways. In Saskatchewan, public liquor stores earned $232 million for the people of the province last year. There is also significant evidence to suggest that when liquor sales are privatized in a jurisdiction, the number of liquor stores dramatically increases, as do rates of abuse and addiction. A new Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) report, Public vs. Private: The Trade-Offs, analyzes the issues in detail.
Once privatization has taken place, it can almost never be undone. We cannot let public liquor sales, including their revenues and benefits to public health, disappear forever.
Let the Minister responsible, Minister Don McMorris, know that keeping liquor sales in public hands is important to you!
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What's Really Important to Saskatchewan Working People?
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. -- Arundhati Roy
Today’s Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) report, which found that Saskatchewan is the fastest growing jurisdiction for temporary foreign workers in Canada, is the latest in a series of indicators showing that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) has become a first resort of employers looking to drive down wages.
Late last week, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 529, which represents working people in the Saskatoon area and further north, filed an unfair labour practice application against employer Alliance Energy Industrial.