“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.
Highlights of the five-year deal include:
- Wage increase of 0-0-1.5-2-2 with a $4,000 signing bonus (prorated for less than full time employees);
- Improved vacation provisions; and
- Pension plan changes that will continue to provide secure retirement benefits for our members.
“Our members are the backbone of the University of Saskatchewan. We are happy we have reached a fair agreement and look forward to continuing our work at the university,” said Hannah.
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- CUPE 1975 calls for meeting with the U of S Board of Governors to resolve labour unrest
- Talks break down as U of S tables 3 year wage freeze and removal of retirement security for CUPE members
- Unprecedented move by U of S will see workers lose the right to determine the terms of their own pensions
- Local 1975 votes in favour of job action over pension issues at the University of Saskatchewan
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