History of CUPE, Saskatchewan Division
In 1963, the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) and the National Union of Public Service Employees (NUPSE) held separate conventions in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Each convention passed a resolution which merged their unions, forming the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). CUPE Saskatchewan was established and chartered to the new national union at the CUPE founding convention.
The convention passed the resolution, reprinted here, which formed the Saskatchewan Division of CUPE known as “CUPE Saskatchewan”.
WHEREAS the Public Employees in the Province of Saskatchewan in the Dominion of Canada are entitled to freedom of organization, full rights of collective bargaining and economic security for themselves and their dependents; and
WHEREAS for the attainment of these objectives, all Public Employees organized into Unions of their choice, chartered by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, C.L.C. should be afforded every opportunity to unite into one central body for their common benefit, to protect the good and welfare and economic security of their members;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we establish in the Province of Saskatchewan a Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, to be known as the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Saskatchewan.
CUPE Saskatchewan Division was granted its charter by the national union on September 24, 1963.
The founding convention of CUPE Saskatchewan Division was held on May 30 – 31,1964 in Saskatoon at the Cavalier Motor Inn. At the time of its formation, CUPE in Saskatchewan represented about 5,000 workers. Today, CUPE membership in Saskatchewan has grown to 30,000.