The president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour is optimistic for 2019, after a few rough years with the government asking for unions to accept a 3.5% wage rollback and a privatization bill which would have allowed for government to privatize parts of Saskatchewan’s Crown Corporations.
Lori Johb said the wage rollback is off the table and Bill 40 has been repealed.
Johb was elected as president of the SFL in October.
There were also gains this year dealing with domestic violence.
Clare’s Law was introduced, which if passed would mean police can release information about someone’s violent or abusive past to a partner who may be at risk.
Johb would like that to go further, with paid leave for survivors of domestic violence, but she believes the government is heading in the right direction.
In the New Year, Johb said the SFL will continue to fight for a $15 minimum wage and they will work with the Canadian Labour Congress on pushing for a national pharma-care program, which she believes is necessary and quite urgent.
With most public sector unions in contract talks right now, Johb said they will also continue to support workers at the bargaining table.