Field Trip for the Future of Long-Term Care in Grenfell: March 11, 2019

Are you concerned about the future of long-term care in Grenfell?

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.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Annual Convention of CUPE Saskatchewan to get underway

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.

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CUPE 1975 calls for meeting with the U of S Board of Governors to resolve labour unrest

CUPE Local 1975 has publicly called for an immediate meeting with the Board of Governors of the University of Saskatchewan to find a resolution to the bargaining unrest on campus.

“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.”

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Grenfell town hall sheds a light on a need for a public long-term care solution in Grenfell and a provincial strategy for long-term care

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.

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Talks break down as U of S tables 3 year wage freeze and removal of retirement security for CUPE members

Talks break down as U of S tables 3 year wage freeze and removal of retirement security for CUPE members

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.

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Speak out today for public libraries

Late last year, the Government of Saskatchewan conducted a secretive library review. They held a series of meetings with employer groups, but library workers and the public were not included in the process.

The Government of Saskatchewan has finally decided to let the public have a say. They are accepting public comments on the future of our provincial libraries until January 24.

The survey covers eight themes, as identified by the review panel: Funding Structure and Predictability, Provincial Public Library Strategic Plan, One Card, One Province, Communication with Provincial Library, Governance Training, Indigenization, Value of Public Libraries and Legislation.

While the report outlines several important areas, there are important issues that the government did not include in its report. It is important that we raise our voice now to ensure that the government’s library review reflects the issues facing front line workers.

We would like to ask our members and supporters to include statements on the following issues:

  • Develop library specific OH&S strategies for workers;
  • End precarious work and create stable full time jobs;
  • Amend legislation to create elected, publicly accountable library boards;
  • The government should investigate how the closure of STC has impacted libraries and compensate libraries for any extra shipping and delivery costs incurred;
  • Let the government know how important stable, long term provincial funding is for libraries.

You can complete the survey here: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/public-consultations/report-of-saskatchewan-public-libraries-engagement-survey

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Palliser Regional Library workers of CUPE Local 9-01 have accepted a new three-year contract that addresses longstanding issues of pay equity, seniority and workplace safety

Members of CUPE Local 9-01 have strongly approved a new three-year contract. At a ratification meeting this week, members voted 85% to approve the new deal. Although management decided to use a labour relations consultant, the negotiation process was described as respectful.

The new contract will see all classifications receive a 40 cent per hour raise in each of the three years (2018, 2019 and 2020). In agreeing to the pay increases, both sides felt that any wage increases should be based on an hourly rate.

“Many of our members are working for very low wages,” says Stacey Landin, President of Local 9-01. “If we fought for a wage increase based on percentage, many of our members would not have received much of an increase at all. This new contract ensures that over the next three years, every one of our members will see more money for their families.”

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