Larry Hubich announces retirement after 16 years as SFL president

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

September 4, 2018

 

Larry Hubich announces retirement after 16 years as SFL president

 

The long-time president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL), Larry Hubich, has announced he will not seek another term during the SFL’s annual convention this October.

 

“Serving as president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour and defending workers across the province has been the honour of a lifetime,” said Hubich, “after 16 years of leading Saskatchewan’s Labour Movement, the time is right for me to retire and spend more time with my wife, children, and grandchildren,” he added.

 

One of Hubich’s greatest achievements during his tenure was taking the Sask. Party government all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada in defense of workers’ right to strike. On January 30, 2015, following 7 years of tireless determination, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the Sask. Party government’s Essential Services Act and the Supreme Court ruled that the right to strike is protected by Section 2(d) of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

 

“Saskatchewan’s Labour Movement has always punched above its weight, and I’m proud of what unions and their members have been able to achieve for all workers in the province – and across the country,” said Hubich, “I retire knowing our 100,000 members will push on in defense of Saskatchewan people and grow an even stronger Labour Movement,” he added.

 

Hubich was first elected SFL president on July 3, 2002. Prior to this, he served as the SFL’s treasurer for 8 years.

 

A long time trade unionist and social justice advocate, Hubich was a staff representative with Grain Services Union for 20 years (1982 – 2002). Prior to this he was a rank and file member of GSU from 1973 – 1982 while he was employed in the Information Technology Division at Saskatchewan Wheat Pool.

 

In addition to his responsibilities as SFL President, Larry is an active member of the Canadian Labour Congress Canadian Council. He served as the interim Chair following the founding of the Saskatchewan Potash Council and he is past Co-Chair of the Saskatchewan Labour Force Development Board and past Co-Chair of the Saskatchewan Labour Market Commission. Since April, 2012 he has served as a labour representative on the Minister’s Advisory Committee on Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. On July 1, 2014 Larry was appointed to the University of Saskatchewan Senate.

 

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For additional information, contact:

 

Kent Peterson

Strategic Advisor

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

m: 1 (306) 570-1855

e: k.peterson@sfl.sk.ca

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