Pride Season 2019: Pride in our union and communities

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June is Pride month. As Saskatchewan’s community union, CUPE proudly celebrates diversity and the role unions play in making our country a more fair and inclusive place for everyone. In the workplace and in our communities, unions are at the forefront in protecting LGBTQ2s+ workers from discrimination and harassment, advancing human rights, promoting inclusion, and securing dignity and equality for all workers through collective bargaining and political action.

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CUPE 1975 members vote to ratify collective agreement with the U of S

Members of CUPE 1975 have voted to ratify the collective agreement reached with the University of Saskatchewan.

“We want to thank all of our members for staying strong and united through a difficult round of bargaining. The gains we made at the table would not have been possible without the strong strike mandate from our members, their ongoing support, and the positive essential services ruling on our behalf,” said Craig Hannah, president of CUPE 1975.

The union was able to achieve a number of monetary and non-monetary improvements. The new term of agreement is from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2020.

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CUPE Saskatchewan delivers pizza lunch in support of Saskatoon’s Summer Snack Program

Volunteers from CUPE Locals 2268, 3730 and 8443, along with members of the CUPE Saskatchewan Executive Board, delivered pizza lunches this Friday to children and people of all ages at six parks in Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods.

The pizza lunch day, sponsored by CUPE Saskatchewan, is part of a larger coordinated effort by the Saskatoon and District Labour Council’s Summer Snack Program dedicated to relieving hunger and providing support to those in our community who might otherwise go hungry with free lunch, seven days a week, during July and August. The program is funded in large part by donations made by unions, as well contributions from local businesses, community-minded organizations such as the United Way, and the City of Saskatoon.

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Education support staff at the Prairie South School Division vote to strike for retirement benefits and wages

“The employer is coming after a long-standing retirement benefit, pushing a wage freeze in the first two years of the agreement, and trying to divide us by offering deals that hurt some of us more than others,” said Dave Stevenson, CUPE national representative. “The message we heard from our membership was loud and clear. We are standing united against these concessions and miniscule wage offers. We deserve and demand more respect than the employer has been showing us.”

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Strike mandate from CUPE Local 3766 sends strong message to Regina Public School Board: education support workers are worth more

Education support workers in the Regina Public School Division have voted 95 per cent in favour of job action. The local has been bargaining for over two years, and little progress has been made.

“The Regina Public School Board continues to push concessions that will hurt our members,” said Jackie Christianson, president of CUPE Local 3766. “They are attacking our health and dental benefits, our severance/retirement gratuity, and trying to limit our ability to present grievances to the Board of Trustees.”

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CUPE 1975 reaches tentative deal with University of Saskatchewan

Support workers at the University of Saskatchewan who have been working without a contract since 2015 reached a tentative agreement with the administration today.

“This deal has been a long time coming but, in the end, we were able to come an agreement that serves our members now and, in their future,” said Craig Hannah, President of CUPE Local 1975. “After seeing very little movement for so long, we were glad the university agreed to our request to come back to the table this week. We were even happier when they agreed to move toward a deal.”

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Workers at Saskatoon Water and Waste-Water Treatment plants vote to reject offer from the city

Members of CUPE Local 47 have voted to reject the City of Saskatoon’s latest contract offer.

Local 47, which represents 130 workers at Saskatoon’s Meter Shop, Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants, and Environmental Protection Officers, conducted a two day ratification vote on June 24th and 26th. During this vote, 93% of members rejected the City’s offer.

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Workers’ rights held up by Essential Services Tribunal

The University of Saskatchewan has lost their battle to take the right to strike away from hundreds of workers on campus. That was the result of a ruling released today by the Essential Service Tribunal between CUPE Local 1975 and the University of Saskatchewan.

“This ruling is more proof that the university needs to stop talking out of both sides of their mouths,” said Craig Hannah, President of CUPE Local 1975 which represents over 2,000 support workers at the university. “At the tribunal they argued that hundreds of people should lose their Charter rights because their work is ‘essential.’ Meanwhile, at the bargaining table, they’re showing how little they really value these workers and the important contribution they make to the campus and everyone here.”

This tribunal was the first time the Sask. Party’s newest essential services legislation was fully tested. The university had asked for over 250 positions to be declared essential. Instead, the ruling included just over 40.

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Saskatchewan government grinds talks with care workers to an impasse

(Moose Jaw) Instead of working to come to an agreement, the government has allowed negotiations between the Public Service Commission and CUPE Local 600 to come to an impasse. The union represents close to 385 Social Services and Central Services workers across the province who help to deliver frontline care and support to the most vulnerable people in Saskatchewan. The local has been without a collective agreement for almost two years.

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Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day: June 21, 2019

National Indigenous Peoples Day is an annual opportunity to honour and celebrate the diverse cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. On June 21, Indigenous peoples will be celebrating in their communities, and graciously sharing their ceremonies, customs and heritage with people across the country.

  • In Estevan, join us for a Community BBQ with free food and entertainment. *Rain location Estevan Curling Rink* from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • In Saskatoon, join us for the Rock Your Roots Walk. Meet up with the CUPE group at 9 a.m. at Victoria Park. Walk departs at 9:30 a.m.

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