Member Statement – Fire Fighters Union Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Ms. Chartier: —Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise today to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Saskatoon Firefighters Union, the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 80. Although today is the official anniversary of Local 80’s affiliation with the IAFF [International Association of Fire Fighters], this past Saturday I had the pleasure to attend the celebration organized by our firefighters at TCU Place along with members from Saskatoon Centre, Churchill-Wildwood, University, and Westview. Local 80 was the second affiliated firefighters union in Canada, and for a hundred years they’ve been fighting for workers’ rights and safety and contributing much to Saskatoon by way of their community involvement. The men who worked at the fire hall in 1918 had unregulated working hours and conditions, inadequate personal safety equipment, and were basically living at the fire hall. That voice isn’t entirely there yet, Mr. Speaker. In the early days, the firefighters even required permission to go home to spend time with their families, but by working together they’ve been able to secure safer working conditions on everything from respirators to mental health supports. But there is still a strong need for their local to fight for the rights of their members who keep us all safe. And I know that the men and women of IAFF Local 80 will continue for the next hundred years to advance workers’ rights, fight for fairness, and keep up their commitment to community. I ask all members to join me in congratulating IAFF Local 80 on a hundred years of excellence and in thanking all firefighters for the difficult job they do. Thank you.