President's Message

Another annual convention has wrapped up and nicer weather is here, which means it’s time to look ahead to a summer filled with activities. I hope you will also get a break from work to enjoy some rest and relaxation in the coming months. As usual, I will be travelling to as many events as possible so I can have an opportunity to connect with members across the province to hear your ideas, questions and concerns.

Our annual convention was another well-attended, successful gathering, with almost 200 delegates and many guests and observers. I want to thank the Convention Procedures Committee – Chris Day, Carol Yuzik and Steven Lavallee – as well as staff and volunteers for their hard work and creativity in ensuring a smooth and informative convention. I also want to thank all those who attended, participated in debates and asked good questions. This year, we had a large number of first-time delegates, which bodes well for the future of our organization. It was very nice to see many of our life members enjoying the convention proceedings as well as the banquet. We were also fortunate to have NUPGE president Larry Brown and several representatives from our NUPGE components in attendance at this year’s convention.

This issue of Union Matters contains a summary of some of the highlights from our recent convention. More information is also available on the website, or by speaking with your Sector VP or other leaders of your sector or local.

One of the most important activities of the summer will see us continue our efforts at SGEU bargaining tables with various employers. Our bargaining committees will not stop pressing for fair and reasonable contracts, and we are hopeful that our employers will agree that our members deserve to be compensated fairly for the important work they do. SGEU staff will also continue to provide a high level of service to members who experience challenges at work throughout the summer. Also, many of our standing committees will hold meetings and host events throughout the coming months.

Don’t forget to check out the Events Calendar on the SGEU website, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out about SGEU events and activities taking place over the summer. I hope to see you out at some of these activities. In the meantime, if you have questions or would like to speak with me, my door is always open. Feel free to email me at bbymoen@sgeu.org or phone me at 306-775-7219.

In solidarity,

Bob Bymoen, President

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