Local Happenings

Vice-President Election

posted Nov 25, 2019, 1:34 PM by Gail Sawatzky   [ updated Dec 5, 2019, 1:01 PM ]

As a result of the former Vice-President, Claudine Stom stepping down from her elected position in the local and taking a National Representative position an election process is required to fill the position until the end of the term which is December 2020.

Nominations have now closed for this position and an election is underway members will have until December 19, 2019 to vote, for details please go to:

Stand Up for Crown Workers Campaign

posted Jan 28, 2019, 6:13 AM by Gail Sawatzky   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 1:19 PM ]

"Unifor is launching a campaign called "Stand Up for Crown Workers".  This campaign will bring together members in each of the Crowns to harness our strength in numbers to shape the mandate of this government.  We do not accept the austerity measures continuously imposed on our members and will be taking this fight to the public and to the bargaining table."

See the full letter from Unifor President Jerry Dias and Western Regional Director Joie Warnock:

2019 Operating Budget

posted Nov 20, 2018, 6:53 AM by Gail Sawatzky

The 2019 Operating Budget for Local 1-S is now available for members to view.

2019 Budget Document can be found on the Membership Database  (login required)

The Budget can be reviewed by members until the December General Meeting on December 10, 2018. 
During the meeting the Budget will be discussed and a vote will be held as to whether or not it is accepted.  If it is not accepted revisions will be made until the budget is accepted by the membership in attendance.

If you have any questions please contact the office at 306-586-7271 or email uniforlocal1s@uniforlocal1s.ca

GardaWorld members Ratify first contract as Unifor

posted Oct 2, 2018, 6:59 AM by Gail Sawatzky   [ updated Oct 2, 2018, 6:59 AM ]

On September 30 and October 1, 2018 the Unifor Local 1-S members working for GardaWorld at the Regina Airport ratified their first collective agreement.

Thank you to all the members who took the time to come to a meeting and vote.

Thank you to the members of the Bargaining Committee for their work in negotiating this agreement with the company

Thank you to the members of the Election Committee for taking the time to run the ratification vote. 

2018 Elections for Executive Positions in Local 1-S

posted Jun 29, 2018, 1:24 PM by Gail Sawatzky   [ updated Jun 29, 2018, 1:25 PM ]

The process has begun for the election of several executive position in the Local.  

This year elections will be held for the positions of:
Chief Stewards: 
B - Head Office Floors 7 - 9
D - Head office Floors B1 - 4 
G  - 3rd & 4th Floors in both 1825 & 1855 Lorne Street and SaskTel Security
K - 2133 - 1st Ave (HR, Warehouse, Sandra Schmirler)
P  - Customer Relationship Centre (Henderson Drive)
DW - DirectWest - Regina & Saskatoon

The nomination and elections for President and Secretary-Treasurer will be held consecutively followed by the Chief Steward nominations and elections.

Additional information can be found on at: Upcoming Elections
Questions can be directed to any member of the Election Committee.

Bylaw Review Results

posted Jun 27, 2018, 8:27 AM by Greg Olson

The results of the 2018 Bylaw Review are provided below; the Bylaw Proposal package is attached for reference.  The Local is still working with Unifor National on the approval of the new bylaws. Therefore the new amendments will not take effect until final approval is received from national.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Bylaw Review Committee or the Local 1-S office.

 Housekeeping Proposals Approved
 Proposal 1 Reject
 Proposal 2 Approved
 Proposal 3 Approved
 Proposal 4 Approved
 Proposal 5 Approved
 Proposal 6 Approved
 Proposal 7 Approved
 Proposal 8 Approved
 Proposal 9 Approved
 Proposal 10 Approved
 Proposal 11 Approved
 Proposal 12 Approved
 Proposal 13 Approved
 Proposal 14 Approved
 Proposal 15 Approved
 Proposal 16 Approved
 Proposal 17 Approved
 Proposal 18 Approved

Workers at GardaWorld join Unifor Local 1-S

posted May 17, 2018, 4:17 PM by Gail Sawatzky   [ updated Dec 5, 2018, 6:56 AM ]

The approximately 90 GardaWorld workers from the Regina Airport have joined Unifor and will become a separate bargaining unit within Local 1-S.  These workers work in variety of positions throughout the Airport and are currently in the process of negotiating their first collective agreement between Unifor and their employer.

Welcome GaraWorld members!

Nominations are currently under way for the positions of Chief Steward, Steward and Occupational Health and Safety Representative.

Bylaw Review - FAQ

posted May 3, 2018, 7:58 AM by Greg Olson   [ updated May 11, 2018, 4:46 PM by Gail Sawatzky ]

1.  Why is the local in violation of the constitution by charging flat rate dues? 
The National requires for each member to be charged at least 1.35% in union dues. For some of our members, our flat rate dues works out to as much as 4% and as little as 1.18% for others. In order to comply with the constitution and use a flat rate dues amount, the local would need to determine the highest wage earner and calculate 1.35% of their wage. 

A bylaw proposal was submitted by a member to change the dues structure to percentage based. The membership will decide whether or not to change, and the local will either continue with flat rate or change to a percentage based on the outcome of the vote. While the National has the authority to force us to comply with the constitution, there is no indication they will force us to change our due structure. However, it is important to understand, the National could force us to change at any time.

For more information regarding the change to percentage dues bylaw see - Percentage Dues Sheet

2.  If dues changed to a percentage amount, what would they be charged on?
Dues would be charged on your regular wages only. They would not be charged on over-time or any other bonuses or pay-outs.

3.  Bylaw Proposal 15 – Members appointed to positions cannot fill roles of elected positions. Does this mean someone cannot run for a position?
Members are always able to run for any position. The intent of this proposal is a member appointed to a position cannot back-fill for roles of elected positions.

4.  Bylaw Proposal 4 - Would the tabled officers have voice and vote?
An ex-officio member is someone who holds a membership on a board or committee by virtue of being an elected official or holding some office or position. They would have the same rights and privileges as any other member of the board or committee. Currently the President is an ex-officio member of all committees.

5.  Bylaw Proposal 8 - Do the compensation committee recommendations need to be approved by the membership?
The recommendations of the committee must be ratified at a General Membership meeting.

6.  Bylaw Proposal 10 - What is plurality, what are we currently doing, and what is the difference?
Currently chief steward positions are elected by plurality (the person receiving the highest number of votes is elected, not necessarily a majority). Tabled Officer posistions are elected requiring the winner to have majority (50%+1) vote. If this does not happen on the first ballot, a run-off election with the two candidates with the highest number of votes is held.
The proposal is to change the election process so it is the same for all positions. The member submitting the proposal suggested the plurality method. This proposal elminates the need for run-off elections.

7.  Bylaw Proposal 16. Who is the executive as referred to in this proposal?
In this case the executive refers to the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Chief Stewards.

8.  What is the difference between Tabled Officers and Executive Board?
Tabled Officers are the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The Executive Board is comprised of the Tabled Officers and Chief Stewards.

Elections for Executive Positions in Local 1-S

posted Aug 14, 2017, 9:17 AM by Gail Sawatzky   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 10:15 AM ]

The process has begun for the election of several executive position in the Local.  

This year elections will be held for the positions of:
Vice President;
Chief Stewards: 
A - Head Office floors 10 - 13
C - Head office Floors 5 & 6
E  - Locations in 1825 & 1855 Lorne Street
F  - Customer Support Centre (Henderson Drive)
K - 2133 - 1st Ave (CST/FT and District Locations)
M - Yorkton and District

The nomination and elections for Vice-President and Recording-Secretary will be held consecutively followed by the Chief Steward nominations and elections.

Additional information can be found on at: Upcoming Elections
Questions can be directed to any member of the Election Committee.


posted Jun 2, 2017, 10:25 AM by Gail Sawatzky   [ updated Jun 23, 2017, 10:17 AM ]

BETWEEN MAY 29, 1981 AND JUNE 30, 1992

If you were employed with SaskTel on a non-permanent or part-time basis between May 29, 1981 and June 30, 1992, please continue reading this as you may be entitled to settlement funds.

You may be entitled to settlement funds if:

you were employed on a non-permanent or part-time basis by SaskTel during the time period mentioned above
you were not aware of your option to participate in the Public Employees’ Pension Plan (“PEPP”) during that time
had you been aware of your option to participate in PEPP, you would have done so.

If you believe the above may apply to you or if you have any questions regarding the above, please get in touch with the union as soon as possible for further information.  The Union will be sending out application packages at the end of June, whereby individuals may apply to receive settlement funds.  The deadline for receipt of completed applications by the union from individuals is September 30th, 2017.  Any individuals who submit applications after that date will not be eligible for settlement funds.

By way of background, the Union filed a grievance relating to the above mentioned pension issues and a settlement with SaskTel was reached.  SaskTel entered into the settlement with the Union without admitting any liability. SaskTel expressly denied and continues to deny the validity of the union’s grievance and any liability to the union or its members.

Prior to reaching the settlement, the Union saw evidence that SaskTel had communicated in various ways with non-permanent and part-time employees regarding their right to participate in PEPP.  The Union also saw evidence that some non-permanent and part-time employees did choose to participate in PEPP.  Having seen the employer’s evidence, the Union determined that the settlement was a reasonable compromise of its grievance.  For more information, please contact the union as set out above.

If you have questions or believe you may be eligible please contact:
Greg Olson
3525 Pasqua St.
Regina, SK S4S 7G9
(p) (306) 791-2472
(f)  (306) 779-1210

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