Group of SIAST faculty push for self-governance

April 27, 2012

A new group composed of SIAST faculty members is seeking to oust the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union (SGEU) as the labour organization representing faculty at the institution. Frustration "came to a head" after recent lengthy collective bargaining and strike action, leading to the creation of the SIAST Faculty Association (SFA), says a spokesman for the group. SGEU's president acknowledges that the strike and lengthy negotiation process resulted in "some frustration in the membership," although he describes SFA as "a small group inside of SIAST that is trying to capitalize on that." To replace SGEU, SFA must show the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board that it has sufficient support from the existing academic bargaining unit by providing support cards from at least 45% of current members by May 30. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix