Unifor Local 2-S

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Representing the workers at SaskTel in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Meadow Lake, La Ronge, Lloydminster, Nipawin, Creighton, Humboldt and all other locations in North Central Saskatchewan.

Monthly General meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month with the exception of July & August. 

Next General Meeting 

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 

Start time: 7PM

Location: 101-2225 Hanselman Court

Saskatoon, SK

WOMEN'S ADVOCATE LUNCH AND LEARN

The Women's Advocate program is an excellent example of a successful joint union/management workplace initiative that helps create healthy, respectful and safe workplaces. 

Dawn Thomas-Cameron and Cecily Howe, current SaskTel Women's Advocates, are planning a lunch and learn about this program on Feb 22/24 from 12pm - 1pm.  It will be held in a hybrid setting - SaskTel Head Office - Room 12G1 and via Zoom.  

Please RSVP to resources@uniforlocal1s.ca.

Black Excellence, Unity and Victories: a Unifor Black History Month Celebration


Unifor National is inviting you to Black Excellence, Unity and Victories: a Unifor Black History Month Celebration.

This event is taking place Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 5:00 - 8:00pm (EST) in person at the Unifor National Office, in Toronto. Doors will welcome you starting at 4:30pm. For those who cannot join us physically, we are excited to bring the celebration to you through a live stream on zoom. Registration details for virtual attendance is provided below.

With inspiring information, and performances, the evening will celebrate the remarkable achievements of Black individuals across our Unifor regions. We are also thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker for the event is the Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine, a trailblazer as the first Black woman elected to the House of Commons.

Zoom details:

To attend the ceremony portion via zoom 4:30 – 5:30 pm SK, please register here .

Repetitive Strain Injury Day

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day is February 29, or February 28 in non-leap years. As the only “non-repetitive” day of the year, it’s the ideal date to raise awareness of repetitive strain injuries and how to prevent them.

 

This year, the Unifor Health, Safety and Environment Department is inviting you to join a free bilingual webinar on RSIs to give you an opportunity to share your experiences from across the country as well as hear from knowledgeable health, safety and ergonomics experts.  

 

Register here for the RSI Day webinar 

Date: Thursday, February 29, 2024

Time: Noon SK TIME

 

You must register for this event

 

As union representatives, we are often aware of the more acute risks to our health and safety in the workplace. It is a challenge to remember that simple, repetitive movements can lead to injuries that can be difficult to recover from. We must take precautions and set up our everyday movements to prevent RSIs. 

 

There are resources you can use in your workplaces to help you and your fellow workers keep RSIs in mind as you go about your workday. We encourage you to read through the detailed Fact Sheet on RSIs and make Repetitive Strain Injuries a topic at Local meetings and at the bargaining table.

 

Read the Fact Sheet and documents on guarding against common RSIs:

 

There are additional resources, including checklists and online courses, at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW).


Connect with your health and safety activists and plan to join us on February 29. Together, we can make work safe for all. 

 

** This webinar is available to Zoom account holders. If you do not have a Zoom account, sign up here with the email you will use to register for our RSI Day webinar.

The Education Department is thrilled to announce our incredibly popular Family Education Program for 2024!

Does a family vacation on the shores of beautiful Lake Huron in Ontario at a resort-like facility where your travel, accommodations and food are all looked after at no cost to your members or the local sound too good to be true? Unifor’s Family Education Program offers this and so much more. The Unifor Family Education Program is funded by the National Union. There is no cost to the Local Union and locals are not required to have Paid Education Leave (PEL) negotiated in collective agreements in order to have members participate in the program.

Our Summer Education program takes place during the months of July and August at Unifor's Family Education Centre (FEC) in Port Elgin, Ontario. This program has been running since the early 1970's for union members and their families.

If selected to attend members agree to give up their vacation time and the National Union covers costs for meals, accommodations and travel.

There are two steps in the application process:

For more information and registration forms please see Unifor's Website.

The deadline to apply is Friday April 12, 2024.  Successful applicants will be notified beginning the week of May 6, 2024. 

Unifor Education Area Schools - Saskatoon

April 23 - 25  - Registration Deadline April 2

Grievance Handling & Workplace Leadership (AGHWL3)



May 27 - Registration Deadline May 6

Bullying in the Workplace: An Occupational Hazard (ABWP1)


May 28-30 - Registration Deadline: May 7

Health & Safety: Beyond the Basics (AHS3)


Course Times: 

All courses commence at 8:30 am and end at 4:30 pm unless otherwise noted at the beginning of the course.

If you are interested in attending any of the above courses please contact Mike (president@uniforlocal2s.ca) or Tammy (secretaryunifor2s@sasktel.net), or call 306.382.7555.

Unifor Education - Port Elgin Upcoming Courses

March 10-15, 2024

Conflict Resolution for Women
Women's Activists
Women in Leadership

Registration Deadline: January 26

April 14-19, 2024

Stress: The Workplace Hazard
Turtle Island: A First Peoples Awareness for Union Activists and Leaders

Registration Deadline: March 1

April 21-26, 2024

Health & Safety

Registration Deadline: March 8

June 2-7, 2024

Pride Activist

Registration Deadline: April 26


If you are interested in attending any of the above courses please contact Mike (president@uniforlocal2s.ca) or Tammy (secretaryunifor2s@sasktel.net), or call 306.382.7555.

Reproductive Justice Now!

Reproductive rights are fragile and we must work together to protect and expand access to sexual and reproductive health care.

Please visit the Unifor National Website for more information and to sign the petition.

Become a Signal For Help Responder

When you know how to respond to the signs of abuse, you can change the story. Visit the Canadian Women's Foundation website to find out how you can become a Signal for Help Responder.

Women's Advocate 

A Women’s Advocate is a specially trained workplace representative who assists women with concerns such as workplace harassment, intimate violence and abuse. The Women’s Advocate is not a counsellor but rather provides support for women accessing community and workplace resources.

These specially-trained, easy to contact workplace representatives have been instrumental in creating healthier workplaces and safer communities. We work closely with management ensuring strong cooperation to achieve this goal.

One of the best tools the union has to prevent violence against women and workplace harassment is the Women’s Advocate program.

Unifor Women's Advocate Program Booklet

Local 2-S Women's Advocate

Protect good jobs in telecommunications, right here in Canada.

Did you know that telecommunications companies in Canada routinely use call centers, technical support, and engineers based overseas? Despite the fact that major Canadian telecoms benefit from publicly-funded subsidies and grants from federal and provincial governments, they keep sending good jobs out of the country where workers face poor working conditions.


Generations of telecom workers in Canada built the infrastructure that connects our communities. Any public investment should support the next generation of telecom.


Please add your name to the petition, and stand up for good jobs in the telecom sector. For more information visit Our Telecoms, Our Jobs.

Take Action to Fix Employment Insurance 

At the start of COVID, the federal government relaxed EI eligibility to improve access to emergency support for those most in need. Without these supports, it would have been much worse for workers and their families due to the COVID closures, lockdowns and layoffs.

Shamefully, the federal government allowed these rules to expire without implementing the permanent changes needed to make EI work for workers.

Last fall, union activists met with MPs to lobby for EI changes in this federal budget. Workers can’t wait for EI to be fixed.

Unifor is calling for immediate changes that improve accessibility, raise benefit levels, eliminate unfair penalties, and improve administration of an extremely outdated program.  

The federal budget will be tabled in the very near future. Let's push the government to do the right thing and make permanent EI reforms that work for workers.

We encourage you to take action. Here’s how you can participate:

Unifor Sector Profiles

Unifor’s Research Department has put together an updated series of sector profiles that provide a detailed overview of the various industries that Unifor members work in. These profiles contain key economic statistics and figures for specific industries, along with a discussion of current conditions in major development issues, and Unifor’s presence in the industry.

 

All 25 sector profiles can be accessed on Unifor’s website

Proudly Unifor Products and Services Directory

Every day, Unifor members work hard to produce and deliver products and services that are used by people across the country and around the world. With more than 315,000 members spread out over 20 different sectors of the economy, Unifor’s impact on the daily lives of people in Canada is truly vast. Use this directory to find many of the proudly made Unifor products and services that you can use in your life.  

For more information click here.

The Busy Signal

The Busy Signal is Unifor Local 1-S' quarterly newspaper.  For more details click here.

For the Summer/Fall 2023 edition please click here.

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