Volume 23 | Issue 5 | June 2023


594 Union Dues

Last Laugh

Policy Donations

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Vacation Adjustments

PRC Update


New Members



Nathan Kraemer

Recording Secretary:

Ellen Foley


Kaleena Baulin

Negotiating Chairperson:

Ryan Shillingford

Maintenance V.P.:

Karl Dahle

Process V.P.:

Wade Schnell

Administration V.P.:

Kurt Haakensen (Interim)


Jamie Wolf

Chief Shop Steward:

Richard Exner

Information Officer:

Andrea Jordan (Interim)

Maintenance V.P. Assistant:

6 Month Trial: Garth Wendel


Brandon Mang

Sergeant at Arms:

Nic Skulski


Amy Wisniewski 

Anton Skulski

Charles Brittner


It's common for members, new and old, to have questions about union dues deductions when pay stubs are looked over every second Wednesday. Currently, your regular union dues deductions are 1.4 hours per pay period of your base wage.

For example, if your hourly base wage is $60.11 (Trades I wage) your dues would be in total $84.15 per pay period. This breaks down as:

  • $9.26 local strike fund (0.15 hours)
  • $32.97 Unifor National dues
  • $0.61 Unifor Prairie Region dues
  • $0.80 Sask Area Council dues
  • The remaining $40.15 is put into the general operating fund.

The general operating fund is used to cover expenses such as:

  • lost time for union work performed by committees and executive
  • committee expenses
  • union relief
  • arbitration costs
  • legal fees
  • sponsorships
  • scholarships
  • office expenses
  • bargaining
  • training

Your second deduction is $30/pay period. Unifor Local 594 Policy 2.06.01 Local Union Dues states that the union will deduct $15 per week from each member to be allocated to our local strike fund. This policy fund increase of $5 per week was adopted by the membership on January 26, 2021 at the General Membership meeting.

The third deduction is $20/pay period. This is sent directly to the Energy & Chemical Defense Fund as part of our obligations to join the National Energy Bargaining Program. The membership voted in favor of joining this Defense Fund on June 29, 2022.

Union dues are tax deductible and are listed on your T4 each year.

A treasurer's report is read and filed monthly at every general membership meeting. The trustees audit the expenses and bank records quarterly.

In Solidarity,

Kaleena Baulin, Secretary Treasurer



Karla Hanson


Debbie Bourassa &

Mitch Bloos

Building Maintenance:

Garth Wendel


Mike Pelzer


Sam Seibel


Corey Strass & Colin Waldie

Fire & Safety:

Daryl Watch

Information Technology:

Cory Frederickson


Shane Thompson


Dave Mushynsky &

Jaret McCloy & Chris Szala


Luke McGeough &

Brandon Mang


Andrea Jordan & Mike Fink


Karter Diewold

MRP: Garth Wendel

PDD Loading: Kevin Reis

PDD Warehouse: Vacant

PDD Office:

Christal Wisniewski


Jeremy Lukomski

& Dan Ross


Ryan Dzioba


Nelson Wagman

Section IA:

David George

Section IB:

Charles Brittner

Section II:

Jason Sharp

Section III:

Josh Hollinger

Section IV:

Pat Pilot & Cam Parisien

Section V:

Andrew Murray


Nathan Fafard


Scott Wicklund



Policy 5.09.01 Union/Local Promotion allows the union to sponsor four children to a Co-operative, Labour, or Educational Summer Camp for up to $1500. This policy is governed by the Finance Committee.

This year, we will be sponsoring four children to attend the University of Regina EYES Camp - Educating Youth in Engineering and Science for ages 7-17. This camp is great for children to discover science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

We will also be sponsoring four children to attend YWCA Power of Being a Girl Camp, ages 6-13+. The camp will focus on self-esteem, healthy relationships, inclusion, internet safety, and feeling confident while playing sports. The goal is to help girls feel empowered to make healthy choices and positive change.


As mentioned previously in this space, the Grievance Backlog Project (GBP) has produced a number of settlements of various meanings and consequences. Sometimes that results in direct monetary compensation to members, changes in practices or understandings; or more creative solutions like donations to charity. 

Resolutions of charity donations would be more common when there was no direct impact on a specific member or group, but maybe the Union as a whole or an overarching violation of the collective agreement. Through the GBP we were able to settle a collection of broad contracting out grievances that resulted in settlements totaling $10,000 towards a charity, or charities, of 594s choosing. 

The Grievance Committee, with advice from the Executive, chose to disperse the funds equally amongst a diverse cross-section of local charities that support and advocate for mens, womens, kids and animal issues in Regina. 

Kidsport - They provide grants to help cover the costs of registration fees so that all kids ages 5-18 years in Regina can play sports. All donations stay local and help get kids off the sidelines. Participation in sports is a great way to be active and promotes a healthy lifestyle.

Together we can help build strong communities through sport. To learn more visit: https://kidsportcanada.ca/saskatchewan/regina/ 

YWCA - They help empower women, youth, and children to realize their full potential. Their programs offer members of the community opportunities to learn and grow safely while providing hope for a brighter tomorrow. The YWCA of Regina has been supporting women and their families since 1910. They provide childcare, shelter and housing, community programs, family support programs, and outreach.

To learn more visit: https://ywcaregina.com/ 

Souls Harbour - They have been serving Regina since 1990. Their goal is to rescue people from poverty and addiction by offering emergency help, such as food, clothing, shelter, and Life Changing Recovery Programs. The Gerri Carrol Hope Center provides emergency overnight shelter to men in need. They have twenty-four emergency spaces available.

To learn more visit:  https://www.shrmsk.com/services 

Regina Humane Society - They do much more than facilitate pet adoptions. The Regina Humane Society is a progressive and respected leader in animal welfare and advocacy, working in partnership to transform our community into the most humane in Canada. Humane is characterized by benevolence, compassion, and empathy for animals and people, encouraging a personal sense of responsibility to alleviate suffering or distress. To learn more visit: https://reginahumanesociety.ca/ 

The Union is excited we were able to come to agreements that not only benefited our members but the community as a whole. It fits with our values to enrich and serve more than just ourselves. When one of us succeeds we all succeed. 

In Solidarity,

Richard Exner, Chief Shop Steward


The Union has been informed that the Vacation Adjustment payment employees would usually see in late June/early July will be on hold until the ratification of the Energy Bargaining agreement.

This is to ensure payroll has accurate pay rates for the calculation. This is the same procedure that has been followed in previous years where bargaining is ongoing.


In March of this year, Local 594 was able to send four delegates to represent and work for all of us at the 2023 Unifor Prairie

Regional Council in Calgary. Unifor’s 2023 Prairie Regional Council (PRC) focused on the union’s work to build worker power through political fightback, social activism, and tough collective bargaining. Approximately 150 delegates from Manitoba,

Saskatchewan and Alberta participated in the three-day council during March 8-10 in Calgary.

Council opened with a welcome from Prairie Regional Chairperson Guy Desforge followed by a blessing from Elder Bruce Starlight and a dance performance by Brown Bear Woman Events.

Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle delivered a comprehensive report to delegates, highlighting the work that Unifor has undertaken since the last PRC and what’s possible in the year ahead.

“We’ve been pushing governments at all levels on many important issues and calling out the Bank of Canada for their attacks on working people while turning a blind to corporate greed. We’ve been demanding EI reform, anti-scab legislation, and continued our organizing efforts. The work never stops. We are firing on all cylinders, busier than ever,” said McGarrigle.

McGarrigle outlined key challenges including the healthcare crisis, growing retirement concerns, and wage growth in a time of record inflation. He warned about the need to mobilize in upcoming provincial elections in Alberta, Manitoba, and then Saskatchewan.

“We must organize so that it becomes politically toxic for governments to attack workers and our union rights,” said Payne. “We are going to expose politicians who pretend to support workers when their policies will make things worse for working Canadians.”

Payne called for a coordinated economic plan with strong industrial policies and public investments, stressing that workers must be involved in planning Canada’s future.

“We plan. We fight. We organize and we imagine a world that puts workers at the heart of public policy and industrial strategies.”

Payne pledged to support energy jobs in the prairie provinces, telling delegates there will be workers and production in Fort McMurray for a long time to come.

“We must be the union that imagines, that proposes, that defends, that stands up for the kind of world we know is possible. It starts with good energy jobs, in Fort McMurray and all across the Prairies.

We can recognize their work, fight for their fair share of the economic pie, and call for national industrial strategies that benefit workers at the same time...because our members need us to do both – represent them with everything we have right now and fight for a future that has good jobs at the core.”

Delegates were introduced to Unifor’s Bargaining Worker Power tour, which will be held at locals across the country in the coming months. Members will engage directly in developing the union’s bargaining priorities and strategies.

Delegates marked International Women’s Day at Council with messages of empowerment and demands for inclusivity and equality. The day closed with an event that provided women delegates the opportunity to connect before welcoming the entire delegation to participate. Between raffles and donations, more than $15,000 was raised for Elizabeth House, a life skills program and family-oriented home which welcomes at-risk pregnant and parenting women who need a safe place to live.

On day two of the conference, during powerful and emotional discussions, delegates unanimously supported a recommendation to support MMIWG2S families and to defend reproductive rights.

Delegates also participated in two successful mental health matters courses in conjunction with PRC and were motivated to pass a resolution encouraging locals to schedule more mental health courses.

On Wednesday, two nurses from the area were invited onsite to train members on how to administer Naloxone to someone they suspect might be experiencing an opiate overdose. Delegates were encouraged to pressure the employer to help add Naloxone to job sites in first aid emergency kits.

Young worker Teddy Hudye, a member of Unifor Local 1-S, shared his experience after an accident left him paralyzed. Delegates heard how Hudye continues to do everything he did before, including hunting, hockey, and track and field, just in a different way.

Delegates had the privilege of a presentation by historian and filmmaker Cheryl Foggo who shared stories of the Black Canadian experience in Alberta, with many migrating from the American South, and the lasting effects of racism and slavery.

During the council elections, Local 445 member Guy Desforges was re-elected chairperson. A number of committee positions were up for re-election this year. 594 delegate Nathan Kraemer was nominated and re-elected to another term as the chair of the PRC Health, Safety, and Environment committee to continue representing local 594, and all of the prairie Unifor locals in

this role.

PRC wrapped up with a call to stay engaged in an exciting year of union activism while we continue to expand our reach and grow our influence in the prairie provinces, and nationally as a union.

In Solidarity,

Nathan Kraemer, President

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