Unifor mobilizes for Prairie elections


Unifor activists across Saskatchewan contributed to the Saskatchewan NDP’s gains in the provincial election held on April 4.

Although the conservative Saskatchewan Party won another term, the NDP picked up 10 seats, one more than they had going into the election, and strengthened its role as the principled defender of public services and crown corporations.

“We knew this campaign was going to be challenging, which is why we focused our efforts on raising awareness about the value of crown corporations in the everyday lives of people in Saskatchewan,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Director.

“There is no doubt that Saskatchewan’s profitable crown corporations will be under attack under Brad Wall’s next term, so it was important for us to begin our campaign now.”

Unifor members Jennifer Bowes and Greg Olson ran spirited campaigns in Saskatoon-University and Yorkton respectively, with Bowes nearly winning her seat. They were assisted by numerous Unifor activists and union leadership.

“I’m very proud of our campaign in this election, and I am looking forward to continuing to build our activist base to hold the Sask Party government accountable,” said Christy Best, Unifor’s Prairies Council Chairperson.

Unifor activists also made significant contributions in Saskatoon-Westview, Regina Douglas Park, and Moose Jaw Wakamow.

Next door, Unifor activists are playing a significant role in the Manitoba election, set for April 19, helping out local candidates and contributing to the provincial efforts.

NDP Premier Greg Selinger is vying for another term in office. Advance polls open April 9,m and remain open for a week until April 16

For a primer on the main issues in the Manitoba election, go to: unifor.org/manitobavotes.

“The Conservatives are threatening to take us backwards towards to an era of divisive cutbacks and labour strife,” the site warns

The site looks at such issues as safety at work, childcare, fighting poverty and retiring with dignity.

The NDP has pledged to invest $25 million in building community-operated child-care facilities if elected

Unifor is encouraging its 12,900 members in the province to get involved with the election.