Canoe Trip 2014: July 16 – 18, 2014

Canoe Trip 2014

Early registration deadline: June 27, 2014

UPDATE (As of July 3, 2014)Due to the safety concerns associated with high river flows, which are forecast to remain well above normal seasonal flows for the South Saskatchewan River, along with low participant registration numbers to date, the Back to Batoche Canoe Trip scheduled to take place July 16 – 18, 2014 is cancelled.

Registered participants will be advised of the cancellation and, accordingly, registration fee payments received by CUPE Saskatchewan will be returned via regular mail.

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Celebrate Pride in our union and communities

PRIDE 2014Pride festivities across Canada and around the world held annually in June offer an opportunity to celebrate diversity, to promote inclusiveness and to highlight the human rights issues that affect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, and Intersex (LGBTTI) members of our union and our communities.

In the workplace and in our communities, unions are at the forefront in protecting LGBTTI workers from discrimination and harassment, and supporting human rights, dignity and equality for all workers.

As Saskatchewan’s community union, CUPE proudly celebrates Pride and the role unions play in making our country a more fair and inclusive place for everyone.

Attend a Pride Parade near you!

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Health care town hall meeting: June 23, 2014 in Regina

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Attend the town hall on Monday, June 23, 2014!

The Federal Conservative Government is cutting $36 billion from Canada’s public health care system. How will the loss of $1.1 billion to Saskatchewan’s share of health care funding impact you? Learn more and what you can do about it!

Attend the Save Public Health Care Town Hall Meeting featuring: Maude Barlow, Chair of the Council of Canadians; Paul Moist, CUPE National President; and Ryan Meili, Canadian Doctors for Medicare.

Monday, June 23, 2014
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Royal Saskatchewan Museum (2445 Albert Street)

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Sask Hospital P3 a bad move for the public purse

Tom Graham, President, CUPE Saskatchewan Division

Tom Graham, President, CUPE Saskatchewan Division

NORTH BATTLEFORD – The decision to privatize the building of a new Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford using a public-private partnership (P3) is a bad move for the public purse, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

“Just before the 2011 election, the provincial government priced the new building at $100 million.  Now, estimates have already ballooned to $175 – 250 million.  How much more is this going to cost as a P3?,” asked Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan.

Calling into question the government’s claim that the combined hospital and correctional centre P3 announced for North Battleford to replace the aging Saskatchewan Hospital facility will save 6.3 per cent, Graham noted no business case has been released to the public.  Further still, questions remain to what extent maintenance services of the building will also be privatized through a P3 contract.
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On April 28, we remember workers killed and injured on the job

Day of MourningApril 28 is a National Day of Mourning to remember those who tragically lost their lives while at work and recognize those who endured an injury or acquired an illness as a result of their work.

Among over 37,000 workplace injury claims reported in 2013, 35 people died on the job in Saskatchewan last year according to statistics released by the Workers’ Compensation Board which does not include agricultural related deaths that occurred in the province.

Attend a ceremony in your community:

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Redacted P3 school information troubling

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Response to Freedom of Information request shows Saskatchewan people left in the dark about costly P3 school plans

Despite providing assurances that the process surrounding its push to privatize the building of new schools through public-private partnerships (P3s) would be transparent, the response to an Access to Information Request demonstrates the Provincial Government is going to great lengths to shroud its P3 plans in secrecy.

“While quick to repeat the sales pitch, the government is slow to release any details about their costly P3 privatization plans and appear to go out of their way to keep information from the public,” says Tom Graham, President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) – Saskatchewan.  “Released documents are heavily redacted and the secrecy even extends to the full details about already publicly known information which the government has also chosen to black out.  It leaves one to wonder why the government is going to such great lengths to keep information from the public.”
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Saskatchewan Activist Award recipient: Anita Labossiere

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Award recipient Anita Labossiere with Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan Division

Anita Labossiere, President of CUPE Local 3736, was presented with the Saskatchewan Activist Award on March 6, 2014 in recognition of her courage and resolve advocating for fellow members in the face of the devastating news that the North Sask Laundry facility in Prince Albert will permanently close due to the Provincial Government’s controversial decision to privatize health care laundry in Saskatchewan.  Over 400 workers across the province, including members of CUPE Local 3736, face job loss as a direct result of health care laundry privatization.

“I took a vow to stand up for each and every one of my members,” said Labossiere who received the award to a standing ovation and cheers.
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Saskatchewan Activist Award recipient: Matthew Baraniecki

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Award recipient Matt Baraniecki with Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan Division

Matthew (Matt) Baraniecki, member of CUPE Local 59 (City of Saskatoon), was recognized with the Saskatchewan Activist Award on March 6, 2014 during the CUPE Saskatchewan Annual Convention.

Baraniecki has been a member of CUPE Local 59 for 40 years, and has been an active executive member for 30 of those years serving in many roles such as Steward, Secretary Treasurer, Area Vice President, and President of Local 59.

“One of the greatest tests as a union member and as a treasurer for your local is during a strike and making sure your members have the resources to stand for what’s right,” said Baraniecki recalling the strike of 1994 when CUPE 59 members stood firm against a wage freeze.  Baraniecki also noted the struggle to achieve joint job evaluation to ensure members are fairly compensated for the work they do.
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Health care providers warn of over $1 billion in federal funding cuts to Saskatchewan with expiry of Health Accord

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REGINA – Today marks the end to stable health care funding with the expiry of Canada’s Health Accord which will lead to cuts of $1.1 billion to Saskatchewan’s share of Federal Government funding over ten years beginning in 2017.

“The end of Canada’s Health Accord marks the beginning of federal health care funding cuts to the province of Saskatchewan of $1.1 billion after the next Federal election,” says Tom Graham, President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Saskatchewan. “The Federal Conservative Government is planning to take $1.1 billion away from Saskatchewan’s health care system – the equivalent to 3,349 hospital beds or over 73,000 joint replacement surgeries – and, in doing so, is making a political decision to undermine our public health care system and put it at risk of further privatization.”
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