Upon returning to the bargaining table, the government was unwilling to negotiate. It was their unwillingness that brought about the need for a strike vote.
"The Sask Party government has to stop with the talk and start providing proper resources before things deteriorate further." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“The government is unwilling to agree to reasonable improvements in the collective agreement that would give workers and their families a little more economic security.” — Barry Nowoselsky, Chair of the Public Service/Government Employment (PS/GE) negotiating committee
“The so-called pay cut Sask Party members took last year to ‘show leadership’ was nothing but political posturing. This is just more of the same bad policies and disregard toward workers the Sask Party has always shown." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“We know the closure of STC is hurting seniors, women, the disabled and medical patients, both financially and personally, but this government is sticking to its blind ideology over compassion and common sense." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“Sask Polytech cannot continue to lose support staff and instructors. These are the workers who make student success possible.” — Bonnie Bond, Professional Services Bargaining Unit Chair
"The Sask Party may have a new leader, but it’s still trying to make people pay for its costly mistakes by cutting services that families rely on.”—Bob Bymoen, President of SGEU
“Every other province understands that having some kind of public involvement in the pot business is a good thing for government revenues. This is money that can fund education and enforcement programs around cannabis use, in addition to other core public services.” — Bob Stadnichuk, Chair of SGEU’s Retail and Regulatory Bargaining Committee
"I am so impressed by the participants at the School this year. They engaged honestly and directly with passion and compassion. The future of NUPGE is in good hands with these leaders." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President.
“The Sask Party is making our most vulnerable residents pay for government’s mistakes.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President