Mayor announces city council support for North Sask Laundry workers

Laundry workers feel hung out to dry with private laundry deal

Over 35 CUPE members and community supporters rallied at a lunchtime information picket on Wednesday, November 19, to call for fairness and respect for North Sask Laundry workers.

With the closure of the North Sask Laundry facility looming, CUPE Local 3736 laundry workers have been waiting over a year for news about severance and re-training support. Over 75 jobs are being lost in the Prince Albert area due to the privatization of laundry services under the Brad Wall government.

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Laundry workers stage information picket at North Sask Laundry

PRINCE ALBERT: Since the announcement of the closure of North Sask Laundry services in May 2013, laundry workers have been waiting for news on what support they will be provided with as the jobs and services they have maintained move out of the Prince Albert area.

The move comes from the announcement to privatize laundry services across Saskatchewan and to contract these services to K-Bro Linen, an Alberta-based private company.

North Sask Laundry workers and members of CUPE Local 3736 are conducting an information picket at their job site during their lunch break to call for respect and fair treatment, fairness in the transition period, fair severance packages and re-training support.

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Graham named Saskatoon’s Best Trade Unionist

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Tom Graham, President, CUPE Saskatchewan

Readers of Saskatoon’s Planet S Magazine have awarded Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan, with the title of Best Trade Unionist – 2014.

The annual reader poll conducted by the independent, Saskatoon-based publication, Planet S Magazine, includes over 100 ‘Best of’ titles in categories ranging from local arts, city life and prominent citizens, to shopping, restaurants and professional services. This year’s poll was the first to feature the title of ‘Best Trade Unionist’, and was the largest in the magazine’s history garnering over 200,000 votes. Runners-up for the title of Saskatoon’s Best Trade Unionist were Barb Cape, President of SEIU West, and Darren Kurmey, Secretary-Treasurer of UFCW 1400.

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CUPE Presidents’ Meeting: Nov 21, 2014

PRES MEET_Nov 21 2014CUPE Local Presidents and Local Executive Members are gathering on November 21, 2014 in Davidson to discuss the Municipal Employees’ Pension Plan (MEPP).

Recently, the MEPP has been conducting consultations on “future sustainability” with a survey containing proposed changes which may lead to undermining the defined benefit nature of the pensions provided by the MEPP.

WHEN: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014 (10:30 a.m.)
WHERE: TOWN HALL (206 Washington Avenue), DAVIDSON, SK

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U of S sessional instructors launch awareness campaign

U of S Sessional Lecturers Ad Campaign (Nov. 7, 2014)Sessional instructors at the University of Saskatchewan, members of CUPE Local 3287, have launched a media campaign to raise awareness of the important role sessional lecturers play on campus.

“Sessional lecturers are highly trained and experienced individuals,” said Brian Zamulinski, President of Local 3287. “We pride ourselves on the knowledge we bring to our subject matter and our capacity to develop class materials that motivates and inspires students.”

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Health Care Providers’ Week: October 26 – November 2, 2014

SK_HCworkers_campaign_poster_Health Care Providers Week 2014_WEBDuring Health Care Providers’ Week (October 26 – November 2, 2014), we recognize all that CUPE health care providers do behind the scenes and on the front line caring for the people in your life and contributing to high quality, public health care in Saskatchewan.

We are continuing care aides, home health aides and licensed practical nurses, dietary staff, medical technologists and technicians, housekeeping and laundry aides, clerical and maintenance staff, therapeutic and recreation workers.

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Expanded privatization in throne speech the wrong approach

Tom Graham, President, CUPE Saskatchewan Division

Tom Graham, President, CUPE Saskatchewan Division

REGINA: In the throne speech setting the agenda for the year ahead, the Government of Saskatchewan announced an expansion of its misguided privatization agenda with promises of more public-private partnerships (P3s), private liquor stores and even possible private sector ownership and control of rural roads. It is an approach that will increase costs for residents and put vital infrastructure and services in the hands of for-profit corporations, warns CUPE Saskatchewan.

“Selling off public infrastructure and services does not make a stronger province,” said Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan. “The throne speech made one thing clear – Saskatchewan residents will be left to pay a high price for an expanded privatization agenda.”

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