March 26, 2020
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
Canada Emergency Response Benefit – Q&A

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.

Canada COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

March 24, 2020


032320 News Release – Economic plan must focus on workers

A Facebook post from Trent Wotherspoon
With so many people facing lay-offs or reduced income as the end of the month approaches, we’re calling for immediate financial aid to Saskatchewan people.
Rather than creating various categories of people who will be eligible for financial aid, the province needs to prioritize speed with a far-reaching aid package.
From our call for action today:“The plans released to date leave too many falling through the cracks. To keep our economy afloat and to ensure people are able to cover their basic needs, we need the province to take quick action,” said Official Opposition Leader Dr. Ryan Meili. “We are calling on Scott Moe to provide immediate direct support for people in Saskatchewan.”
Meili also questioned the decision to allow employers to lay off workers without notice or pay-in-lieu and no certainty of being rehired. While those layoffs may make workers eligible for EI, over 500,000 Canadians applied for EI last week, which will cause delays for people in receiving benefits.
“The decision to allow lay-offs without notice or pay-in-lieu will leave workers without any way to pay their bills as they wait for EI,” said Meili. “We cannot leave people without any money in their pockets in this crisis. We are calling for fast action to help people.
“As the Official Opposition, we are proposing these measures with the health and well-being of Saskatchewan people as our top priority, and we stand ready to help the government develop the best plan to support Saskatchewan people during this difficult time.” Thanks to so many reaching out and sharing your challenges at this time of terrible uncertainty and challenge. I’ll continue to do all I can in my role as an MLA to advocate, propose solutions and fight for you at this urgent time of need.

Sending care to all.
Trent Wotherspoon
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. Please note that for our members it is the Winnipeg office.Stay safe!

A notice from Garry Burkart, Secretary/Treasurer of the Sask Joint Board RWDSU



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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I think you will have a hard time scheduling Arbitrations for the balance of 2020 and may be looking into 2021.
  5. Our offices will have 1 person a day in each office to comply with social distancing. The remainder of  Staff Representatives and Administrative Assistants will work out of their homes in Saskatoon and Regina until further notice and will conduct all their responsibilities by way of telephone, email and/or conference call.
  6. The Saskatchewan Joint board Retail and Department Store Union (SJBRWDSU) is adjourning all in-person meetings and will urge all of you to practice social distancing until further notice or until the Public Health Officials lift or relax all the restrictions. I have, as your Secretary/Treasurer (SJBRWDSU) decided to take this comprehensive action in light of the changing conditions over the last few days, things are changing by the hour across Canada and the province of Saskatchewan. This will enable the SJBRWDSU to continue to safeguard all of you, as our members and friends, to maintain a healthy and safe workplace.
  7. Further, effective immediately and until further notice, access to the SJBRWDSU  offices in Regina and Saskatoon is restricted. Communication with the SJBRWDSU should be conducted via telephone or email and parties are encouraged to file documents electronically during this time. Documents that would be hand-delivered for filing with the SJBRWDSU offices can be placed in an envelope and placed through the SJBRWDSU mail slot in the both the Regina office and the outside mailbox in the Saskatoon office.

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,

Garry Burkart
Secretary/ Treasurer
Saskatchewan Joint Board Retail,Wholesale and Department Store Union (SJBRWDSU)


Paul Guillet (RWDSU Representative) giving Kevin Bittman (Unifor 594 President) a cheque for $25,000 from RWDSU to help in the Unifor 594 lockout.


Menstruation and the need for menstrual products is not a topic that many are willing to talk about. It’s personal. To some it’s a source of shame, and to many young girls in particular, it’s just embarrassing. And some are even missing school because they don’t have access to hygiene products.

For many struggling families, the issue is compounded when the need is there for both parents and kids. Add on the pressure for newcomers and refugee families, or for those who identify as trans or gender non-conforming, and it can be plain overwhelming. United Way in conjunction with the Regina & Saskatoon Labour Council has stepped up to the plate and have organized Tampon Tuesday. For more information please click here.

So, while it’s too often a silent issue, the need is very real.

President Bartlett with the products for Tampon Tuesday.

Sask Finance Minister could make ends meet by curbing wasteful spending…click here for the article

Send a letter to your MLA and to your city/town council calling on the Sask Govt to stop privatizing our province.
It’s easy. Click here:

SaskForward is a coalition of civil society organizations and individuals who believe that the people of this province deserve a say in the “transformational change” promised by the Saskatchewan government. Please go to the website to find out more SaskForward is looking for submissions – check out the variety of submissions they have received and add your own!!! Be a voice, not an echo! Albert Einstein

GET INVOLVED!!! Check out the Schools, Conferences and Conventions