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Larry Hubich's Blog: For Profit Health Care and queue jumping for the wealthy

In 2009, Brad Wall said he would never allow someone “to use a bulging wallet to jump the queue.” Now his government is doing exactly that. – CUPE Health Care Council – Saskatchewan

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Larry Hubich's Blog: For Profit Health Care and queue jumping for the wealthy

In 2009, Brad Wall said he would never allow someone “to use a bulging wallet to jump the queue.” Now his government is doing exactly that. – CUPE Health Care Council – Saskatchewan . . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: For Profit Health Care and queue jumping for the wealthy

Larry Hubich's Blog: Right to Strike puts conservatives on notice

“Saskatchewan’s Labour Movement: the folks who brought you the constitutional right to strike!” said Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) president, Larry Hubich, as the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) sided with working families on January 30, 2015. The SCC ruled, in no uncertain terms, that the SFL was right – the Saskatchewan Party government’s . . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: Right to Strike puts conservatives on notice

Larry Hubich's Blog: Right to Strike puts conservatives on notice

“Saskatchewan’s Labour Movement: the folks who brought you the constitutional right to strike!” said Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) president, Larry Hubich, as the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) sided with working families on January 30, 2015.
The SCC ruled, in no uncertain terms, that the SFL was right – the Saskatchewan Party government’s Public Services Essential Services Act (Bill 5) was heavy-handed, unworkable, and violated a Charter-protected right to strike.
“The decision by the Supreme Court to grant every worker in Canada a constitutional right to strike is a profound victory for our movement,” said Hubich, “the Court also delivered a strong message to conservative governments everywhere: your rigid ideology does not trump workers’ rights,” he added.
The Public Services Essential Services Act (Bill 5) was introduced by the newly-elected Saskatchewan Party government in 2007. As soon as it was introduced, workers, their unions, lawyers, and academics all said the Bill was overreaching, unnecessary, and probably illegal. The Saskatchewan Party, though, continued to only listen to their corporate friends instead of Saskatchewan families. As a result, a long Charter Challenge was launched by the SFL and its affiliates against Bill 5 to protect working families.
Despite the long and expensive court process, workers and their unions were gracious in their victory – extending an invitation to the Saskatchewan Party government to work together.
“We know that a work stoppage is always the last resort, and unions always prefer a negotiated agreement that is good for both sides,” said Hubich, “our victory does not change any of that, and we want to work with the provincial government to develop labour laws that are fair, balanced, and respect the rights of workers,” he added.
However, just a few days after the SCC ruling, Brad Wall floated the option of using the notwithstanding clause so that he and his government could continue violating Charter rights.
“This is a time for reconciliation and leadership, not a time for the premier to stomp his feet and threaten to deny Saskatchewan families their Charter rights,” said Hubich, “workers and their unions continue to offer our cooperation to create good public policy, and we hope the premier will come to the table in good faith,” he added.

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Larry Hubich's Blog: What’s Important to Saskatchewan People: Marginalized Working People

Larry Hubich's Blog: What’s Important to Saskatchewan People: Marginalized Working People

Larry Hubich's Blog: Bill 85 – What’s the Rush?

Larry Hubich's Blog: Bill 85 – What’s the Rush?

Larry Hubich's Blog: Court Decision Upholds Working People’s Rights

Workers in Saskatchewan, and across Canada, won a significant legal victory on February 6, 2012. Justice Dennis Ball ruled that the right to strike is a protected freedom for all workers under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

He also found that the right to strike is protected by international law, and that . . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: Court Decision Upholds Working People’s Rights

Larry Hubich's Blog: SFL awaits Court decision in Charter Challenge case against Bills 5 & 6

During November of 2011 the SFL et al, along with 3 intervenor unions were in court to argue that the Saskatchewan provincial government’s (2007 – 2008) labour legislation (Bills 5 & 6) violates the Charter rights of working people.

The SFL team argued 3 main points:

1. People have the right to form unions of their . . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: SFL awaits Court decision in Charter Challenge case against Bills 5 & 6

Larry Hubich's Blog: Together, we can do it

In October, TCU Place in Saskatoon played host to the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour’s 56th annual convention. This year’s convention was another overwhelming success with 500 to 600 delegates in attendance. Convention delegates were treated to a number of presentations by a variety of accomplished speakers, some of whom you can read about inside the . . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: Together, we can do it

Larry Hubich's Blog: Court date rapidly approaching

All legal arguments have now been filed in the unprecedented case against the Sask. Party governments’ anti-worker, anti-democratic, unconstitutional labour laws.

As reported earlier in this blog, the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour and 25 additional plaintiffs (SFL et al) plus 3 intervenor unions filed their legal arguments in the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench related . . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: Court date rapidly approaching

Larry Hubich's Blog: Know the issues, act on the facts.

In the October edition of the Labour Reporter you’ll find details about some of the things that we’ve been up to over the summer. You’ll have a chance to read about the recent SFL Summer Camp, the progress of Station 20 West, and the recent memor… . . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: Know the issues, act on the facts.

Larry Hubich's Blog: Saskatchewan People Set to Celebrate Labour Day – 2011

News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Saskatchewan People Set to Celebrate Labour Day On Monday, September 5th, people across Saskatchewan, of many backgrounds and traditions, spanning several generations, and representing a variety of occupations and … . . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: Saskatchewan People Set to Celebrate Labour Day – 2011