Happy Retirement Brian
Brian first became a trade unionist in 1973 when he signed a card for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). The Federated Cooperatives warehouse (FCL) where he was employed, was back then the largest warehouse in Regina serving retail co-operatives across the Province. In the late 70’s Brian got very involved in the old Local 540 unit and in 1982 he was elected the President of the Local and chairman of the Grievance and Negotiating Committee. Brian worked for FCL until 1990 remaining very active in the Local as President.
The RWDSU has a provincial executive called the Saskatchewan Joint Board (SJB). As a result of a vacancy on the board Brian was elected to the provincial council in 1982 representing Co-operative employees in the RWDSU. At its’ biennial convention in 1983 he was elected President of the Saskatchewan Joint Board. Brian was re-elected in 1985, 1987 and 1989. In 1990 he resigned the Presidency to take on a fulltime paid position as a Representative of the SJB. Brian is the longest serving President in the history of the SJB, RWDSU.
Being President of the SJB in the 1980’s was not an easy chore. He and Len Wallace managed a very fractious time in RW’s history when the UFCW International was attempting to raid the RWDSU and vice versa. Thankfully the war ended when RWDSU affiliated with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada which took place under Brian’s leadership.
Brian has been on staff for a little over thirty (30) years. He has lead many bitter fights with employers such as Moose Jaw Packers, Trail Tee, Sobey’s and Western Grocers to name a few. There has also been a lot of change along with 10,000 grievances and too many arbitrations to list. Brian is a father and a grandfather too. This reward is well deserved as Brian starts a new phase in his life as a stay at home grandpa. But he will always be a trade unionist.
May 5, 2020
The link below is a response letter to Garry Burkart (Secretary Treasurer of RWDSU) from Don Morgan, Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety.
Don Morgan – Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety response
April 8, 2020
The Saskatchewan Employment Act Regarding the Right to Refuse Dangerous Work
All Employees still working during COVID 19 please read The Saskatchewan Employment Act regarding The Right To Refuse Dangerous Work
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Apply for CERB please see the link below
Information to apply for CERB
March 25, 2020
Due to the economic concerns regarding COVID-19 the SJBRWDSU has decided not to give out scholarships this year. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Please be advised that regarding AIL Representatives meeting with our members SJBRWDSU agrees to “virtual” membership contact. There will be no in-home visits by AIL agency Representatives
Good day members,
Coughlin & Associates office is closed due to COVID 19, they are taking no phone calls. If you need to discuss anything please go to the link below where you can e-mail them your questions.
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A notice from Garry Burkart, Secretary/Treasurer of the Sask Joint Board RWDSU
GREETINGS TO YOU ALL:
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS THAT I AM TAKING IN ORDER TO SAFEGUARD THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR STAFF AND ALL OF OUR MEMBERS ACROSS THE PROVINCE OF SASKATCHEWAN.
Due to COVID-19, the SJBRWDSU is cancelling all in-person meetings, and only proceeding with crucial Union business via telephone, email and or conference call if required.
- All Local Union Meetings and Union membership meetings will now be cancelled until at least September 2020 or until the Public Health officials give the clearance to proceed with normal activities.Our members still need to have their rights and benefits protected under the terms of their Collective Agreements.
- Therefore, any grievances that need to be filed and/or referred to Arbitration shall receive the right to proceed. We will manage those files with legal opinions where applicable. The SJBRWDSU will pay the costs of those requested legal opinions out of the Legal/Org Fund. However, I want you all to use common sense in dealing with grievance related issues and in particular in situations when it comes to employers issuing layoff notices and issue of pay in lieu of notice where that issue may come up. When members are facing layoff situations then they should be filing for Employment Insurance immediately.
- All other Local Union business can be done by way of telephone, email and/or conference call by the Local Union Officers and the designated Staff Representative(s) for the Local Union and a particular shop.
- I think you will have a hard time scheduling Arbitrations for the balance of 2020 and may be looking into 2021.
We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and we ask that you remain patient with the SJBRWDSU. In the meantime, keep in mind that we are all in this time of crisis together and need to work as a team more than ever.
We will get through this medical crisis and we will come out of it stronger and more united than we have ever been before. Please keep in mind that the only enemy here is COVID 19 and we are being told by Public Health Officials and our governments its going to get worse before it gets better.
In Solidarity and stay Safe,
Saskatchewan Joint Board Retail,Wholesale and Department Store Union (SJBRWDSU)
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