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The Saskatchewan Employment Act: Sweeping new labour law raises troubling questions

By Juliana Saxberg
On May 13, 2013 the Government of Saskatchewan passed The Saskatchewan Employment Act, S.S. 2013, c. S-15.1. When the SEA is proclaimed, it will repeal every significant piece of employment related legislation currently in effect in Saskatchewan, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993, SS 1993, c O-1.1, the Labour Standards Act, RSS 1978, c L-1, and the Trade Union Act, RSS 1978, c T-17. Saskatchewan Party Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Don Morgan has indicated that the SEA will be proclaimed sometime in the fall, when new regulations replacing thousands of pages of current regulations are unveiled.

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Bill 85 will turn the clock back on workers’ rights by 100 years.

The “new” Saskatchewan Employment Act is unfair to workers.  Stand up for fairness.





Idle No More's Ultimate Goal


CBC News Video

 Pam Palmater, an unofficial spokesperson for the Idle No More movement, talks about the continuing grassroots protests and Chief Theresa Spence's ongoing hunger strike



Mulclair disses anti-union bill in tv interview. Winnipeg Sun





Speak Out Against Union Busting "Right to Work" Proposals- CAW

CAW locals and activists must fight back against proposals for union busting "right-to-work" laws in several Canadian jurisdictions that threaten to undermine the foundations of the labour movement, CAW President Ken Lewenza urged.

CAW Council delegates voted unanimously to mobilize against these proposals which would threaten the Rand Formula that CAW members first fought for in 1945-46.

Chief Justice Ivan Rand of the Supreme Court of Canada included a provision in his arbitration decision of a dispute between Ford and the United Auto Workers - Canada in 1945 that required employers to deduct union dues from all employees in a bargaining unit.

Today anti-union, Conservative politicians such as Brad Wall in Saskatchewan, Conservative leader Tim Hudak in Ontario and Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre in the federal jurisdiction are proposing American style "right to work" laws, mirroring what has happened in 23 U.S. states

Rick Snyder, the Republican Governor of Michigan, is attempting to push through "right to work" legislation in the state which is being opposed by Michigan Democrats, the labour movement and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Workers from across Michigan and across the U.S. are being asked to gear up for a Day of Action in Lansing, Michigan on Tuesday, December 11 when a final vote is expected. Supporters are being asked to show support for Michigan's working families by wearing RED on Dec. 10, Dec. 11 and Dec. 12. Share this photo on your Facebook wall https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=559524660728805&set=a.206629149351693.63714.206372732710668&type=1 

Lewenza blasted Governor Synder and the Republicans who are pushing "right-to-work" laws. In Canada he said the Conservatives are following the same anti-union, anti-worker, anti-job and anti-job security agenda. He urged the labour movement to fight back.

"They must stand up in Michigan in defense of union security, good wages, good jobs and good opportunities," Lewenza said. It is the labour movement that raises workers out of poverty. The labour movement established the middle class which allowed us to buy the homes, the cars and the consumer goods that build our communities."




Canada's water policies require closer scrutiny - Gary Schoenfeldt and Darwin DeLorme

Schoenfeldt is Chairperson of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour's Trade Committee and
DeLorme is Chairperson of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour's Aboriginal Committee

Most Canadians don't give a thought to the absurdity of flushing their toilets with clean drinking water.

One of the most indispensable elements that sustain human life fails to stir even the mildest of debates during an election, while spring floods rage and many communities go on year after year living under "boil water advisories."

While the public blissfully sleeps, politicians and speculators are under no illusions about the massive potential cash value of fresh water. In fact, Canada's water as a commodity to be traded on international markets is one of the items up for grabs in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement currently being secretly negotiated between Canada and the European Union (EU).

Foreign companies want Canada's water. They want access to it, and they want to be able to sell it to whomever they please, wherever they can make a dollar from it.

During a closed-door trade tribunal last year, the Harper government relinquished Canada's longstanding national jurisdiction over fresh water resources.

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/Canada+water+policies+require+closer+scrutiny/4962319/story.html#ixzz1Pwu4AEbW

 UPDATE: PUBLIC OPINION WORKS! Canada has apparently decided that The CETA Agreement should not include water.  http://sgnews.ca/blog/2012/11/30/water-services-excluded-from-ceta/



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CEP Media Release: "Fire Minister Paradis for bragging about exporting Canadian Jobs!"




OTTAWA -- Canada’s major oil sector union has called for the resignation of Conservative Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis over his remarks promoting Canadian bitumen exports to US businessmen because it will creates hundreds of thousands of jobs for Americans.

“Mr. Paradis clearly fails to understand his responsibility to Canadians and Quebecois. His job is to ensure that our natural resources create jobs for Canadians, not Americans,” says Dave Coles, president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.


“One man supports Women’s Equality, another doesn’t.”





Four destructive myths most companies still live - by Tony Schwartz, Harvard Business Review
Nov 1, 2011


NEWS FLASH!!! "...we're not designed to operate like computers — at high speeds, continuously, for long periods of time." 


Myth #1: Multitasking is critical in a world of infinite demand.

Myth #2: A little bit of anxiety helps us perform better.

Myth #3: Creativity is genetically inherited, and it's impossible to teach.

Myth #4: The best way to get more work done is to work longer hours.

Brainwashing 101 

One of the most abusive corporate practices that has been legalized by the Brad Wall Sask Party government is the dreaded "Closed Door Meeting". Thanks to Mr. Wall, union members can now be privately, without benefit of union representation, persuaded, intimidated or coerced by corporate bullies, belligerent managers or union - busting spin doctors. This sort of thing, which we all thought went out with the horse and buggy, is back, under the guise of "freedom of speech for employers" and what the Sask Party calls, the "need to rebalance" the power between employers and unions. Take a look at this video and see how well it works in the USA. Who benefits when employers have this amount of power over unionized workers?         


War on Labour

The International Labour Organization has ruled that the Brad Wall (Sask. Party) anti-labour legislation is a clear violation of workers rights under the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Freedom of Association.  While Canada's federal government has been requested by the UN Agency to clamp down on the Saskatchewan Government, one prominent Saskatchewan blogger takes Sask Party Labour Minister Rob Norris to task for putting Saskatchewan to shame. owlsandroosters.blogspot.com/2010/03/aeel-minister-rob-norris-brings-shame.html 


SFL says "Brad Wall's pet union calls for a cut in minimum wage"

The "so-called" union that has been invited by Brad Wall and Rob Norris to open up shop in Saskatchewan has submitted a brief to the Saskatchewan Minimum Wage Board calling for a cut in the minimum wage for workers under the age of 21. In a submission dated October 23, 2009, the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) made four (4) recommendations to the newly appointed Minimum Wage Board one of which urges the Board to recommend that minimum wage be "discounted by 10 percent for youth under the age of 21 years".



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CEP Western Region Events

Get involved with youir union! CEP's diverse membership is strengthened when its members participate across the region. Solidarity between CEP Locals is key to understanding how issues can be resolved within each local. There is a wealth of experience within the hundreds of CEP locals and bargaining units, and it is just waiting to be tapped. Here is a link to the Western Region Calendar of Events. If something interests you, take note of it. Bring it to a Local meeting and find out how you can be a part of something that will benefit everybody!   www.cep.ca/reg_western/files/calendar.html     


Gormley wrong on unions 

John Gormley's column, Why unions don't want smaller government (SP, March 19), repeats the common but altogether mistaken assumption that, while unions may have advanced social progress in the long-forgotten past, they are increasingly irrelevant today.

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Young Workers Need Protection

July 22, 2009- Regina SK - The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, representing over 95,000 workers and their families, have concerns with the new minimum age regulations announced by the provincial government this week.

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Restoring the Bargain - Contesting the constitutionality of Amendments to the Trade Union Act, Bill 6

Dr. S. Muthu of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), has published a critique of the Saskatchewan Government's impugned changes to the Trade Union Act, Bill 6, which gives employers the unprecedented "right" to bypass workers' elected representatives and communicate directly with them. The labour movement sees this as an affront and a direct violation of workers' Charter Rights under the Canadian Constitution, in particular right to freedom of association without interference. The International Labour Organization's (ILO) Freedom of Association Committee of Experts, a  United Nations Agency, agrees and has asked the Government of Canada to direct the Saskatchewan Government of Premier Brad Wall to stop using legislation to violate the UN's Universal Charter of Rights and Freedoms, by legislative means.  For its part, the labour movement led by the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour has launched a legal challenge that could well end up in the Supreme Court of Canada.  - G. Schoenfeldt, Local 911  

Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan

Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan: Under fire for declaring "war" on organized labour. Workers say he is violating their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The UN agrees. Its agency, the International Labour Organization, has criticized Canada for allowing Mr. Wall's Sask Party government to violate the Universal Declaration of Rights and Freedoms.