SASKATOON, SK, Oct. 26 /CNW/ - Members of the United Steelworkers (USW)
and other working people in Saskatchewan need to reject the Saskatchewan
Party's agenda in November 7's provincial election, says Ken Neumann, USW
National Director for Canada.
"I'm speaking not only as the leader of a major union in Canada, but also
as someone who was born and grew up in Saskatchewan," said Neumann, who is in
the province to attend the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour convention.
"When I see some of the Saskatchewan Party's policies, I am deeply
concerned for the future of this province if they are elected," he said. "I
see a veiled threat to dismantle Crown corporations through the intervention
of a shadowy body called Enterprise Saskatchewan. And I see a very open threat
to rewrite the province's labour laws."
Neumann said Saskatchewan is making real progress, with a booming economy
that will allow it to pay for programs such as universal pharmacare, reduced
post-secondary tuition and assistance to home owners and renters.
"People are working and earning good wages. People who have lived
elsewhere are now coming home because it has great communities, a great way of
life, much better social programs than most other provinces and a great
attitude. The Saskatchewan way is to ensure that everyone benefits in good
"We shared in the tough times after Grant Devine nearly bankrupted our
province," he said. "Now we can all benefit from prosperous times. But I fear
that the Saskatchewan Party agenda means a huge step backwards. It would put
us on the wrong track."
Neumann was born and raised in Grayson, SK and worked at Ipsco. He served
as president of the USW Regina Area Council and joined the union's staff in
1977. He was elected Western Canada Director in 1989 and continued in that
role until 2004 when he became National Director.
"Saskatchewan still is and will always be my home," he says. "I don't
think people here know how much they influence what happens in the rest of the
country or how much people look to Saskatchewan for leadership and direction."
The USW is Canada's most diverse union, representing more than 280,000
men and women working in every sector of the economy.
For further information:
For further information: Ken Neumann, (416) 558-2510