Michelle Lang PRC Report (Convention 2017)

Report of the Directly Chartered Locals Rep to the Prairie Region Triennial Convention, April 21-23, 2017. This report covers the 2014-17 PRC term.

Michelle Lang
Directly Chartered Locals Representative

I was elected as the Directly Chartered Local Representative at the last Prairie Region Triennial. These last three years have flown by!

The Saskatchewan Government has done nothing but attempt to dismantle crowns and bust unions. Starting back in 2013 when they drafted a Memorandum of Understanding selling the Casino to Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority for less than it profited in a year. When approached by myself and two brothers from my local the Sask Party turned it into that is was just a comment made in the hallway. To this day, the rumours still fly and the idea of being sold is in the memberships minds daily. 2016 They put forth a bill to redefine the definition of privatization. Bill 40 will allow the sale of 49% of a crown corporation without taking it to a referendum. Brad Wall knows he will not win a referendum. Don Morgan (Minister of Labour for the Sask Party) is at least decent enough to come and face activists at the SFL Convention held yearly.

Recently in the news Brad Wall is putting the onus of his financial mismanagement on crown front line workers. He is currently seeking to open existing collective bargaining agreements and roll back wages. If the workplace has yet to bargain a whole lot of zeros are rolling around. The economic slowdown is expected to last a minimum of two years.

Being a member of the SFL Executive Council and The Regina District Labour Council means that PSAC can network with other unions and rally together to form action against this government. Union wins that affect us all. Just recently the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board has dismissed the Saskatoon Public Library’s application to remove employees with supervisory duties from their union. This is a HUGE win for not only CUPE Local 2669 but for all Unions across the prairies where the governments are trying to implement this. Another win was when Saskatchewan Federation of Labour took the province to the Supreme Court of Canada over the right to Strike and won!

Sitting at the PRC Table I enter into discussions on finances and other business.  I ask questions as well as seek extra information on issues that I may not totally be involved in.  I base my votes on what I think is the right thing to do making sure that DCLs are protected and not harmed by any choices.

In Solidarity

Michelle Lang