Civil service group - 1913
1913 - Saskatchewan Civil Service Association (SCSA) founded as a social
club with 200-300 members.
1920 - Mandate expanded to foster better working conditions.
1927 - Pension plans secured through the Public Superannuation Act.
1942 - First cost-of-living bonus.
1944 - Affiliation with the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada (TLC). Saskatchewan's Trade Union Act passed.
1945 - First Public Service Agreement signed, which provided overtime, sick leave, pay equity and formal grievance procedures, to name a few provisions.
1962 - The SCSA becomes SGEA (Saskatchewan Government Employees' Association). Officials argued that negative connotations were attached to the term 'civil servant' as compared with 'public employee'.
1975 - SGEA accepted into the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL).
1970s-1980s - SGEA fights for workers' rights and benefits, such as fair and inclusive collective bargaining agreements.
1981 - SGEA becomes the Saskatchewan Government Employees' Union (SGEU), an official union incorporated under the Trade Union Act.
1980s - SGEU rapidly expands its membership base beyond government, and leads the fight for social justice in Saskatchewan.
1998 - To reflect its broad membership, SGEU becomes the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union.
Today - SGEU has a brand new era to embrace. Our journey will be earmarked with many challenges, but we look forward to working with new and diverse employees and to maintaining our reputation as one of the largest and most effective unions in Saskatchewan.
SGEU's History book "For Dignity, Equality and Justice" by Doug Taylor
Copyright 1984, by The Saskatchewan Government Employees' Union, Regina, Canada
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