Applications are now being accepted for positions on Standing Committees of CUPE Saskatchewan. In odd years, one position on each Standing Committee is appointed for a two-year term following the Annual Convention.
More than a dozen people from the communities of Grenfell and Broadview joined the NDP at the Legislature today to call on the government to restore publicly funded, publicly delivered long-term care in Grenfell. This call has been consistently made in the nearly seven months since the long-term care centre in Grenfell was shut down because it was riddled with mold and asbestos.
Delegates representing over 30,000 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees in the province gathered at the annual convention of CUPE Saskatchewan on March 6 to 8, 2019, at the Delta Hotel in downtown Regina.
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Thank you to all the delegates and guests of CUPE Saskatchewan’s Convention 2019 for all the solidarity, discussion, resolve to fight for fairness and build a stronger union, and fellowship with members across the province.
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Grenfell and area residents are invited to join CUPE health care workers on March 11, 2019 for a field trip to the Legislature. Speak up for long-term care in Grenfell and get on the bus!
Participants will attend the formal legislative question period where the official opposition will ask the government questions about long-term care in Grenfell. In addition, participants will meet with the official opposition and hopefully attend a meeting with government representatives.
REGINA – Delegates representing over 30,000 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees in the province will gather at the annual convention of CUPE Saskatchewan on March 6 to 8, 2019, at the Delta Hotel in downtown Regina.
CUPE is the largest union in Saskatchewan, representing employees working in a variety of public service occupations including: health care, K-12 school system, universities, libraries, municipalities, community-based organizations, and various boards and agencies.
Highlights of the three-and-a-half-day convention include: a panel discussion on the privatization of public services and the provincial government’s push for a P3 privatization bonanza at the expense of Saskatchewan residents, solidarity with CUPE Local 1975 in demanding the U of S take their paws off members’ pensions and negotiate, the centennial anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike, and debunking the myths of a representative workforce after government cancellation of partnership agreements to increase Indigenous employment.
The annual convention also includes reports from provincial and national union officers, elections to union leadership positions, and resolutions on a variety of issues affecting public sector workers in Saskatchewan.
“CUPE 1975 has repeatedly requested an in-person meeting with the University of Saskatchewan’s Board of Governors to discuss bargaining. Our requests for a meeting with both the Board of Governors, and the President of the University, Peter Stoicheff, have once again been denied,” said Craig Hannah, President of CUPE Local 1975. “The lack of engagement from the senior leadership of the university is concerning, as it seems they may not be fully invested in reaching a deal and avoiding job action.”
On January 24, 2019, CUPE Local 5430 organized a standing room only town hall meeting in Grenfell to talk about the closure of Grenfell Pioneer Home and the impact the loss of jobs and residents has had on the community. Speakers included NDP MLA and health critic Vicki Mowat, NDP seniors’ critic Danielle Chartier, CUPE 5430 President Sandra Seitz and community residents Lois Warner and Joyce Maier. The event was emceed by Region 3 General Vice President Scott McDonald.
Talks between the University of Saskatchewan and CUPE Local 1975 have further deteriorated after the Employer tabled a proposal to eliminate the Defined Benefit Plan and replace it with an inferior Defined Contribution or Target Benefit Plan. The local has informed the provincial Mediator that bargaining is at a standstill.
On January 18, 2019 representatives from CUPE Local 5430 met with Greg Ottenbreit, Yorkton MLA and Minister for Rural and Remote Health to discuss our concerns with workload and chronic under-staffing.