Rally to Reverse the Cuts

As the legislature resumes, so too does our fight against rollbacks, cuts, and privatization. And while the Sask Party government has backpedalled on some cuts, it is important to remember that the list of cuts and privatizations is long.

We also know that the pushback against this agenda is working; the 10% cut to health-funded Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) was stopped. The major cuts to libraries were reversed. Funeral services for poor people were partially restored.

Right now, with the Sask Party reeling from the GTH scandal and in the middle of a leadership contest, we must remind them that the fight for public services isn’t over.

So please do join us—and bring along as many people you can muster—on October 25 at the “Rally to Reverse the Cuts.” There will be buses departing from various cities across the province, and local chartered buses in Regina.

Go to RallyToReverseTheCuts.org and RSVP your spot on the bus today! You may also RSVP for your friends and family, as buses are for everyone!

Agenda:
11:30 MARCH FROM ROYAL SASK MUSEUM
12:00 RALLY AT THE LEGISLATURE
12:30 FUN ACTION
12:45 BUSES ARE BOARDED

Rally to Reverse the Cuts facebook event page

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Thousands attend Annual Labour Day Picnic

Wascana Park in Regina was alive with family celebrations of workers at the Annual Labour Day Picnic. The event is hosted by the Saskatchewan Building Trades and the Regina & District Labour Council. Booths hosted by most of the local unions had everything on offer from hot dogs to sunglasses, pop to popcorn, water to watermelons and much more. As well as a vast array of picnic type foods were games and bouncy castles all free to the public courtesy of union workers.

“Unions are about more than contracts and strikes. Unions are also about giving back to the community and the picnic is just one of the many ways that they do this,” says Ken Kubian, President of the Regina & District Labour Council.

A number of dignitaries were on hand to partake of the celebrations. Speakers included Larry Hubich, President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour and Nicole Sauer, interim leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party. Canadian Labour Congress Executive Vice President, Donald LaFleur was in attendance from Ottawa and introduced the new Pharmacare campaign that the C.L.C. is currently rolling out.

The stage also presented singer Tara Bast as well as a hoop dancer who explained the significance of the hoops and the dance. An overall good day of family fun.

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RDLC School Supply Program

The Regina & District Labour Council is once again proud to support the Cornwall Alternative School through our School Supply Program. Through the generous support of our affiliates and other organizations, we were able to not only supply backpacks with all the supplies for the 42 students of the school but also extra backpacks for any other students that may arrive over the course of the year. Good luck to all the students this year and congratulations to the teachers of the school under principle Monica Garinger for the great job they do with these students. Also, good work by the RDLC Education Committee under Chair, Brenda Hutton for all the work putting these supplies together.

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KONELĪNE: our land beautiful

The Regina & District Labour Council (RDLC) is proud to co-sponsor alongside the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) the documentary film KONELĪNE: our land beautiful. It is set in the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation in north western B.C. and explores the peoples who use the land and their relationship with each other. The people vary from hunting and fishing to drilling and mining and explores how they work alongside each other on the land that they share.

The film offers lessons to the labour movement. At times, areas of our industries can be at odds over ideology and this film can teach us how better to work together and understand what our common priorities are.

Through finding the beauty in the miners and mines, as well as those who are protesting against them, the film attempts to open up a conversation about the land from all who love it.

“The great achievement of this film to me, apart from the spectacular photography, is that it defuses issues that have pitted the old-guard red-neck bigots in our industry (and there still are far too many amongst us) against First Nation elders who are trying to preserve important cultural values within their homeland. It portrayed very human stories.”

Bill Barclay, Letter to the Editor, The Northern Miner.

As a co-sponsor, the role of the RDLC is to promote the film and we strongly encourage you to take the time to see this powerful award winning documentary.

The limited run showing plays from April 21 to 27 at the Rainbow Cinemas, Golden Mile each day at 1:25 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. Note, there is no evening showing on Thursday, April 27.

View trailer here:

https://www.canadawildproductions.com/film/koneline

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13th Annual RDLC Community Awards Banquet

On Friday March 24, 2017, the Regina & District Labour Council in conjunction with the United Way Regina hosted the 13th Annual Community Awards Banquet. Awards were presented in 2 categories.

The Award of Distinction is given to a union worker for their accomplishments in promoting and advancing the Labour Movement. This year’s award was presented to United Steel Worker, Kael Dolejsi.

The Labour Community Service Award is given to a union member for their outstanding contribution to our community. This year’s award was presented to Judy Kobsar, member of the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union.

Space doesn’t allow for the many contributions that these 2 deserving winners have accomplished.

Our thanks to the following for their participation in ceremony.

Deputy Mayor and City Councillor Andrew Stevens who brought greetings from the city and talked about the historical contribution of the RDLC and the United Way Regina.

United Way Board of Directors Chair, Susan Zwarych who brought greetings from the Board and talked about the shared goals and how the partnership between the RDLC and the UWR is working to improve the community.

Kristin Wawro, Relationship Manager with the United Way Regina who talked about the 211 Saskatchewan program and how it is helping people in need in the province.

Larry Hubich, President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour for his masterful job as the Master of Ceremonies.

The evening was put together by the capable abilities of Shobna Radons, Donna Ottenson, Robyn Edwards-Benz, Phillip Zagrodney, Carmon Perrin, Carol Mullaney and Ken Kubian.

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