Saskatchewan’s largest union has launched a new documentary about the threats facing our public services from cuts and privatization. You can watch the full documentary, Meeting Human Needs – The fight for Saskatchewan’s public services, here:
Since 2007, the Saskatchewan Party government has sold over $1.2 billion in public assets and eliminated at least 1,227 public sector jobs via privatization and contracting out. The film, which was produced by Campaign Gears and Left Field Digital, looks at the loss of STC, the challenges with the Sask Hospital P3 and the ongoing erosion on public health care.
Together, we can fight to protect Saskatchewan’s public services.
December 6 is the 33rd anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal where 14 women were singled out and murdered because of their gender. Among the 14 women who lost their lives in the tragedy was Maryse Laganière, a CUPE member who worked at the school.
Today, on the National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women, we honour and remember all those who have lost their lives because of gender-based violence and commit to taking concrete action to end all forms of gender-based violence. Canada’s unions have marked the National Day of Remembrance and Action since the beginning and this year are united in saying #NeverAgain: End Gender-Based Violence at Work now.
The recent national survey by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), Harassment and Violence in Canadian Workplaces: It’s [Not] Part of the Job (April 2022), has exposed the unnerving reality that gender-based harassment and violence remain a persistent threat to workers – and that more must be done to stop it and prevent it. The survey also found that third-party violence (from customers, clients, patients and others) accounts for 1 in 3 of these incidents and is a particular threat to women and gender-diverse workers who are more frequently employed in public-facing jobs. The survey also found major barriers to reporting and the urgent need for a comprehensive approach to prevention that includes a gender-responsive and intersectional approach.
The CUPE Prairie Political Action Summit will take place in Calgary, Alberta, from January 25 – 28, 2023.
Over the next two years, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan will have the opportunity to elect new provincial governments. This exciting event will give members from the prairies the skills, tools, and networks to elect progressive politicians and to keep them accountable for their election promises.
Early Registration deadline: Before Friday, December 23, 2022 end of day.
Limited number of spaces available!
November 6 is CBO Workers’ Appreciation Day, recognizing and celebrating the vital role of CBO workers in Saskatchewan. CBO workers are at the heart of a network of services providing social care and child care across the province delivered through Community-Based Organizations.
Today is a historic moment as 55,000 CUPE Ontario frontline education workers walked out of schools in a political protest to denounce the most appalling abuse of power by the conservative Doug Ford government. Abusing the notwithstanding clause, the Ford government passed legislation that denies the fundamental rights of workers to bargain for fair wages, good jobs, and better public services for students and communities.
“The fundamental constitutional rights of all workers to fair and free collective bargaining can’t be removed by a stroke of a pen by a conservative government in Ontario or anywhere in this country,” said Judy Henley, CUPE Saskatchewan President, joined by CUPE’s provincial local union leaders today in Regina. “We call on all CUPE members across Saskatchewan, all workers and all unions across this province, to join this fight! This is everyone’s fight!”
Join CUPE education workers for a virtual town hall meeting on Monday, November 7, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the evening. The town hall will focus on the impact education cuts are having on students and staff. We will examine the education funding model and talk about the path forward.
- WHAT: Virtual Town Hall on Understanding the Impact of Education Cuts
- WHEN: Monday, November 7, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. SK CST Time
Click here to register.
Last spring, school divisions across the province announced cuts and layoffs due to another year of provincial under-funding. Now that the school year is underway, CUPE is conducting a public survey to look at the impacts these cuts are having on students and staff.
Concerned about where Saskatchewan’s education system is going? Take the survey.
The second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a day of reflection, healing and hope. On September 30, and every day, we stand with Indigenous communities and Indigenous CUPE members grieving the ongoing impacts and colonial legacy of the residential school system. All CUPE members and locals are encouraged to learn and share the truth about residential schools, and to support reconciliation.
Wear Orange and join a community event on September 30:
Join Lori Johb, SFL President, and Sue Delaney, from Child Care Now Saskatchewan, for a webinar on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss child care in Saskatchewan and learn how the latest government decisions may impact workers.
- WHAT: Webinar on the Future of Child Care: Understanding the Federal Funding Agreement and the Impact on Workers
- WHEN: Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. CST SK Time
Click here to register.
Registration is now open for the annual CUPE Saskatchewan Indigenous Peoples’ Conference to be held in-person on November 21 – 22, 2022, at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, outside Saskatoon.
Open to all CUPE members, and members of other unions, the CUPE Saskatchewan Indigenous Peoples’ Conference seeks to build union activism with a focus on equality and rights for Indigenous people in our workplaces and in our communities.
Early registration deadline is October 21, 2022.
Contact your CUPE Local Union to approve sponsorship of your registration.
We have been closely monitoring the news coming from the James Smith Cree Nation and the village of Weldon with heavy hearts and deep sadness. On behalf of over 30,000 members across the province, CUPE Saskatchewan extends our deepest sympathy to all the families, friends and community members who have been impacted by this tragedy.
We owe Saskatchewan’s first responders, healthcare workers, and support staff a huge thank-you as they continue to support victims, families, and respond to a still unfolding and dangerous situation.
We encourage people who are grieving to reach out for support. The Hope for Wellness Helpline provides 24 hour a day, seven days a week service by phone or online chat to all Indigenous peoples across Canada (1-855-242-3310). There are also supports available through the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
Several events have been planned to show solidarity and support with the James Smith Cree Nation, including the following organized by the First Nations University of Canada:
- Wednesday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m.: the Regina, Saskatoon and Northern campuses are set to host simultaneous candlelight and prayer vigils. The Regina Campus vigil will be held on the front lawn of 1 First Nations Way. Free parking is available in lots 11 and 12.
- Friday, September 9 at 12:00 p.m.: the FNUC, University of Regina, Luther College and Campion College will host a prayer gathering for all faiths. The gathering will take place on the front lawn of 1 First Nations Way.
Together, in solidarity, we mourn the lives lost to these horrific attacks, and we wish a full and speedy recovery to those injured.