After 16 years serving as the president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, president Larry Hubich says he will not seek another term when the organization gathers next month for its annual convention.
Hubich says he is stepping down to spend more time with family and live up to a promise he made saying he would not work past 65.
While spending 16 years as president of the SFL, he has been with the organization for 28 years serving in a variety of capacities. In that time, he has seen governments come and go. As he leaves, he says the relationship between labour and the government has been strained since the Saskatchewan Party has taken over. Hubich says the current government seems to no longer want a positive relationship and exchange in meaningful dialogue.
“This current government under Brad Wall and now it appears to be continuing under Scott Moe has no interest in engaging in any kind of dialogue with workers or their organization.” Hubich stated. “So it’s a challenge for workers to have their issues dealt with in a fair and reasonable way. It seems as if the only voices that the current government wants to listen to are business and that doesn’t provide for good public policy.”
Hubich feels one of his greatest achievements was a seven-year battle with the Saskatchewan government over the right to strike. One that ended with the Supreme Court of Canada saying the Public Service Essential Services Act of 2007 was unconstitutional.