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Executive Board - Biographies

Christy Best Local President

My union involvement started in October of 1989, when I got hired at SaskPower in the Yorkton office. I guess you could say the day, I received my union card. After working part time for four months, I bid a full time job in Regina Head office and it was there that I attend my first union meeting. After being there for a while I bid a full time job in SaskEnergy, this is when the bid window was open, it was then that I moved to Moose Jaw. It was there that I started attending all the union meetings and I became more active. I worked my way up through the ranks at the Branch level. I held positions such as, Secretary/Treasurer, Shop Steward, Chief Shop Steward, just to name a few. After attending several conferences, I decided to run for a Board position on the Local's Executive Board and have successfully obtained the position of President. As the first Sister to ever be elected as President for CEP 649, I am very honoured and will work hard for my members. I work for all SaskPower and SaskEnergy members and I am proud of that. My phone is always on, I am always there to listen and I will always be there to represent the "best" union in our Province. Remember: you have the "Right to know, the right to participate and the right to Refuse". In Solidarity Sister C. M. Best

If you would like to contact Christy, please email her at cbest@unifor649.org .

 

Karen Sinclair Executive Board Member Branch 2:

My employment with SaskPower commenced in June 1980 when I was hired to fill a six week temporary position at Head Office.  Prior to the term being completed I was able to obtain a permanent full time position.  During the next two years I commuted from Moose Jaw to Regina until I obtained a position with Customer Services in Moose Jaw.  At that time SaskPower was responsible for both electricity and gas.  I have held various positions within Customer Services and am presently Region Coordinator.  Recently, my position was relocated from Moose Jaw to Regina. 

When I was first working in Moose Jaw I became involved with our Union. I have held various positions within the Branch from Warden to President.  I have completed one term as Executive Board member representing Branches 1, 8 & 9.   With the relocation of my position I am now a member in Branch 2 and pleased to now hold the position of Executive Board Member, Branch 2..

If you would like to contact Karen, please email her at ksinclair.unifor649@gmail.com .

 

Wendy Love Assistant to the President for SaskPower

I started with SaskPower in May, 1978. I finished my Post-Secondary Secretarial Course on a Friday and started with the Company the following Monday. My first position was a Temporary Full-time Stenographer in Yorkton. During my next 30+ years, in addition to a Stenographer, I was a Meter Reader, Clerk I, Chief District Clerk, Senior Clerk, Customer Service Representative and Region Coordinator. I can thank Brother Gord Steininger, Local President, for getting me involved in the union. Several months after I started with SaskPower, Brother Steininger was in Yorkton for a union meeting and branch elections. He convinced me to attend my first meeting. That night I was elected Secretary Treasurer for Branch 3 and since then have held numerous positions at the branch level including Secretary Treasurer, Shop Steward, Chief Shop Steward, Vice President and President. I have also represented the Local on the EFAP Advisory Committee, the Joint Dialogue Committee, several Appeals Committees and Resolutions Committee at the Constitutional and Bargaining Conferences. Getting involved with the union is one of the best things I have done. We can thank our union for our wages, hours of work, benefits, leaves and safe working conditions. Not to mention, everything else that has been negotiated and obtained over the years. I was appointed as the Assistant to the President (SaskPower) to replace Sister Kathy Zwick. I am honored to have been chosen to represent the members of CEP Local 649. I look forward to serving the membership and they can be assured that I will do my best for each one of them. My advice to any union member is to attend union meetings and take a co-worker with you. Get involved. The benefits are rewarding. In solidarity,

If you would like to contact Wendy, please email her at wlove@unifor649.org .

 

Monica Radwanski Assistant to the President for SaskEnergy and SaskEnergy Grievance Chair

Unlike many, my time with the Union began with the organizing of the Ramada Renaissance Hotel. This was a big deal as there were not many service industries that were organized, it was the early nineties and we joined CEP Local 649. When I left the hotel in 1996 and joined SaskEnergy, it wasn't a hard transition as the faces were those I had seen at conventions and meetings. I trusted these people and I believed in the value of the Union. I had seen the changes that a strong Union presence could bring. I have been part of the Rehabilitation and Grievance committees in the past and I also served as a Steward and Chief Shop Steward. Throughout the years my involvement in the Union has had its peaks and valleys but in these years I may have stepped back but I never stepped out. Union involvement is perhaps more vital now than it has been in some time. I look forward to the challenges that I will find as the Assistant to the President for SaskEnergy as well as the Grievance Chair. I am fortunate to be surrounded by others who share the same vision.

If you would like to contact Monica, please email her at mradwanski@unifor649.org .