August 23, 2020

Thank you letter from CLC Hassan Yussuff

Government of Canada Recovery Plan

American Income Life will again be doing a mailout to our members. It should be noted that AIL is a 100% union company serving working families just like yours. Please be advised that they will not contact you further if you do not send the card back to them in the mail. You will still be covered for $4,000 no cost Accidental Death & Dismemberment benefit through them as long as you are employed by an RWDSU shop. However, if you require more Life Insurance you can send the card back and an AIL Representative will contact you to set up and appointment in the future to discuss your options. Another benefit of sending the card back is naming your beneficiary as well as an option to increase the coverage an additional $10,000 with a cost of $2.00 for the first year. Those who return the card can also receive an Eye Care Discount Card at no cost that provides a discount on prescription eyewear. If you return the card you can also receive Child Safe Kits for your children and grandchildren at no cost. These kits help you gather vital data, photos and fingerprints for authorities in the event of an emergency.

Register online now for the SFL Occupational Health & Safety 2020 Conference. It is online this year, September 16th – 18th, 2020

July 30, 2020
Please click on the link to view Saskatchewan Wage Supplement Program

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

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.
Winnipeg Office
Dental Claims – winnclaims@coughlin.ca
Pension – pensionrequestswpg@coughlin.ca


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.

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