First Annual CUPE Saskatchewan Labour Day Ride for Respect


Labour Day Ride for Respect BannerThis Labour Day, CUPE Saskatchewan is inviting members who ride motorcycle to join in the first annual Labour Day Ride for Respect on September 5, 2016. The Ride for Respect is dedicated to promote respect for workers and their rights. Participating motorcycle riders will travel between Labour Day celebrations hosted by unions in Regina and Saskatoon.

Register by August 11, 2016 to receive a free t-shirt!

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CUPE concerned about impact reorganization may have on quality of care

REGINA: CUPE has serious concerns about how a major reorganization of health care regions will impact workers, patients, and quality of care.

“Past experiences from Saskatchewan and across the country raise several flags when it
comes to reorganization,” said Patty Brockman, staff representative with the Canadian
Union of Public Employees (CUPE). “Larger health regions have a disproportional impact
on rural communities and could lead to reduced services and a loss of decision making in

Saskatchewan has gone through two previous health care reorganizations. The uncertainty during and after the last two reorganizations caused stress and confusion for frontline workers in Saskatchewan. Research suggests there are also health impacts associated with a long period of uncertainty, including low morale, burnout, and decreased job satisfaction. All of these factors can have an impact on quality of care for patients and residents.

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Aboriginal Council Conference 2016

Aboriginal Council Conference_2016_WEB DISPLAY PICRegistration is now open for the Aboriginal Council Conference 2016 to be held November 17 – 18, 2016 at the Temple Gardens Hotel in Moose Jaw, Treaty 4 Territory.

Open to all CUPE members, and members of other
unions as well, the CUPE Saskatchewan Aboriginal
Council Conference seeks to build union activism with a focus on equality and rights for Aboriginal people in our workplaces and communities. This year, participants will focus on building on past gains to create a better future for everyone.

Early registration deadline: October 17, 2016

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CUPE takes supervisory battle to the next step

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Tom Graham, President, CUPE Saskatchewan

REGINA: The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has filed a notice of constitutional question in the cases of three employers who are attempting to unilaterally remove unionized supervisors out of the bargaining unit of their choosing.

The City of Moose Jaw, the Saskatoon Public Library, and Cypress Hills Abilities Centre are some of the first employers in the province to use new provisions under The Saskatchewan Employee Act (SEA) which allow employers to try to remove workers with supervisory duties from the bargaining unit. A fourth employer, the Regina Public Library, has applied to have similar employees removed from the bargaining unit claiming that they are managers.

“Working people have the right to belong to the union of their choosing. CUPE will fight any
employer who moves forward with attempting to exclude supervisory members with every tool in our tool box, including legal avenues,” said Tom Graham, president of CUPE Saskatchewan. “Filing a notice of constitutional question is the first step in what could be a very lengthy and expensive legal battle.”

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CUPE releases report on the state of long term care in Saskatchewan

Caring for a Week_Apr 2016_CHCCREGINA: A new report from the CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council shows that understaffing and workload are critical issues in continuing care in this province.

“There have been many stories in the media about understaffing and the impact on residents, but this report shows the stress this is placing on workers,” said Gordon Campbell, president of the CUPE Health Care Council. “Our members care deeply about their residents and their families, but lack of frontline staff is making it hard to provide the type of care we want to.”

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City of Moose Jaw moves forward with controversial plan to remove supervisors from their union


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Moose Jaw — The City of Moose Jaw has filed an application with the Labour Relations Board to remove 18 members of Local 9 from the bargaining unit. It is one of the first employers in the province to aggressively seek to use new provisions under The Saskatchewan Employee Act (SEA), which came into effect earlier this year and allows employers to try to remove workers with supervisory duties from the bargaining unit.

“Their announcement is creating a lot of stress and uncertainty for our members,” said Stacey Landin, president of the local. “People are worried about job security, about their benefits and wages, and what the future holds.”

The impacted positions range from accountants to recreation staff to water and waste water staff. This move by the city comes in the middle of a very tense round of conciliation. The local has a strong strike mandate from its membership, and the city is seeking serious concessions.

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Celebrate health and safety activists in your local with this certificate

yearhs_certificate_engHealth and safety activists put in a lot of effort to make sure their colleagues go home safe at the end of a shift. Though often it goes unrecognized, this work is at the core of any strong local union.

As part of the Year of Health and Safety, CUPE has created certificates to celebrate the work of these activists. Locals can fill out the information in this online form and submit for printing. A certificate will be mailed to you, and you can present the certificate at a local event.