Collective Bargaining Resources
Negotiating strong contracts for members is what CUPE does best. The solidarity of our members is the heart of our bargaining power, and makes gains possible. Together, we’ve built strong communities and achieved better wages, benefits, pensions and fair treatment, for workers.
Following the introduction of The Saskatchewan Employment Act effective April 29, 2014, and amendments to The Saskatchewan Employment Act provisions regarding essential services effective January 1, 2016, CUPE Locals can reference the following helpful updated resources:
- Collective Bargaining and Essential Services in Saskatchewan
- Bargaining, Impasse, Essential Services and Strike in Saskatchewan
Privatization is the shifting of ownership, management or provision of assets and/or services from the public to the private sector. Privatization is first and foremost about guaranteeing profits for companies at the expense of Saskatchewan people. We all pay more with privatization, and it takes many forms.
- K-Bro, an Alberta-based corporation awarded the privatization contract for all Saskatchewan health care laundry in December 2013, has a long history of benefiting from privatization.
- A new fact sheet is available to spread the word about how the union advantage benefits Saskatchewan’s economy and improves the everyday lives of workers.
- Union dues are one of the smallest deductions on your paycheque and are used to fund member services, programs and activities of your union. For less than the price of a cup of coffee a day, you get the strength and resources of your union at work.
- Automatic dues check-off is established under the Rand Formula. It’s only fair everyone pays their dues.
- CUPE members in Saskatchewan have the legal right to refuse unsafe work, according to The Occupational Health and Safety Act – Section 23, when there are reasonable grounds to believe that an act or a series of acts is unusually dangerous to that person or another person’s health and safety.
- In 2012, approximately 60 people died on the job in Saskatchewan making it the worst year for workplace deaths in more than 30 years. If farm fatalities were added, the total number of workplace-related deaths would climb to 74 in 2012. As a result, Saskatchewan has the second worst rate of workplace-related injuries nationwide.