Former CUPE Local 5111 Executive Board and Members receive the Woodrow S. Lloyd Award for Collective Action

The Executive Board and Members of former CUPE Local 5111, representing health care workers in the Prairie North Health Region located in the northwest part of central Saskatchewan, were awarded the Woodrow Stanley Lloyd Award for Collective Action on March 8, 2018 during CUPE Saskatchewan’s Convention 2018.

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Graham re-elected as President of CUPE Saskatchewan

Tom Graham was re-elected as President of CUPE Saskatchewan at Convention 2018 held on March 7 to 9, 2018 in Saskatoon.

Graham has served in the position of President of CUPE Saskatchewan Division since 1998. Previous to serving as chief spokesperson and representative of CUPE Saskatchewan, Graham was President of CUPE Local 859 (Saskatoon Municipal Workers) from 1996 – 2004. Continue reading

Henley re-elected as Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Saskatchewan

Judy Henley was re-elected as Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Saskatchewan at Convention 2018 held on March 7 to 9, 2018 in Saskatoon.

Henley has served in the position of Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Saskatchewan Division since 2001.

In addition to her role as Treasurer, Judy Henley also serves as a CUPE SFL Vice-President, and as a CUPE National General Vice President since June 2017. Continue reading

CUPE Saskatchewan Convention 2018

Welcome to Convention 2018!

Delegates representing CUPE local unions from across the province will gather in Saskatoon at the Radisson Hotel (405 20th Street East) on March 7 – 9, 2018 for the Annual Convention of CUPE Saskatchewan.

During convention, delegates will set the direction for the year ahead, elect members to leadership positions, hear reports about the important work being done by our union, and engage in discussions about issues facing CUPE members and the public services we provide.

CUPE is Saskatchewan’s largest public sector union representing over 30,000 members across the province working in a variety of public service occupations including: Healthcare, K-12 education, universities, civic services in cities and towns, community based organizations and child care centres, and various boards and agencies.

View and download: Convention Program 2018

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New Long-Term Care Survey Reveals Widespread Understaffing, Despite Flawed Methodology

The results of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health’s first Resident and Family Experience Survey and CEO tour indicate widespread concern with inadequate staffing in long-term care. In all but one of the twelve former health regions, staffing levels and/or staff recruitment and retention were raised as issues during the CEO tour.

“This certainly confirms what our many members who work in long-term care have been saying for years,” says Pearl Blommaert, Vice-President of CUPE Local 5430, which represents 14,000 health care workers in Saskatchewan.

In the fall of 2015, CUPE surveyed more than 400 long-term care workers. Short-staffing and workload were top issues. Front-line workers reported not being able to provide proper personal care to all residents because they did not have enough time.

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Town Employees of Grenfell Ratify First Collective Agreement

Town of Grenfell employees, who unionized in late spring 2017, ratified their first collective agreement in December 2017. All outside workers and one office worker are now members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents municipal workers in thirty-eight (38) communities in Saskatchewan.

“The Town employees had become concerned about their working conditions, their compensation, and how they were being treated by town council and the administration. They wanted the support of a union to address these issues and we are glad to welcome new local 5340”, says Alex Lenko, National Representative of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

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CUPE Saskatchewan Congratulates Premier-Designate Scott Moe

TOM GRAHAM, President, CUPE Saskatchewan

Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan, made the following statement on the leadership election of Scott Moe:

“On behalf of over 30,000 CUPE members in Saskatchewan, I offer congratulations to Premier-designate Scott Moe on his successful candidacy to be the new leader of the governing Saskatchewan Party over the weekend and becoming the next Premier.

As members of Saskatchewan’s Community Union delivering public services across the province, CUPE Saskatchewan looks forward to the opportunity to work with the new premier on the issues and concerns of our members and to establish productive dialogue.

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Bankruptcy of Sask Hospital P3 partner Carillion could leave public on the hook for costs

Rendering of P3 project Sask Hospital North Battleford, SK; Source: Government of Saskatchewan

REGINA – The Saskatchewan government needs to tell the public whether the construction and full contract obligations of the Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford are in jeopardy after news of the collapse of UK-based Carillion, whose Canadian branch Carillion Canada Inc. is a half partner in the consortium awarded the public-private partnership (P3) contract to construct and maintain the new Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford. Following the yet-to-be completed construction, Carillion was to be responsible for building maintenance and lifecycle obligations under the thirty-year P3 privatization contract.

“Entering into P3 privatization arrangements are always a risk despite the sales pitch,” said Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan. “P3s are more costly than traditional public procurement. If the private sector company goes bankrupt, it’s the public sector that ends up picking up the expensive pieces. We need to know what will happen with Carillion’s project in North Battleford and what it’s going to cost us,” added Graham.

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Women’s March: January 20, 2018

CUPE Saskatchewan is supporting the women’s marches planned on January 20, 2018, and encourages CUPE members and CUPE Local representatives to attend where possible.

Women’s March Canada, the Canadian chapter of the Women’s March on Washington, is organizing events across Canada on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

According to the Women’s March website: “Events across the country on January 20th will feature music, art, community booths, and speakers in a shared voice of resistance with advocacy aligned with the national Women’s March Unity Principles: ending violence, protection of reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers’ rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, Indigenous people’s rights and environmental justice.”  For more information, you can view the website at: www.womensmarchcanada.com/2018_marches

In Saskatchewan, Women’s Marches are organized for Regina and Saskatoon. Details are as follows:

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Over 50 jobs lost in Saskatoon Public Schools since Sask Party’s Austerity Budget

SASKATOON: Saskatoon Public Schools are facing an increasingly dire situation in the wake of the Sask Party budget cuts. Despite an increase of 511 students this school year and the opening of four new schools, the school division had its budget cut by over $11 million. This meant cutting staff instead of increasing staff to meet increased demands.

“Our school divisions have been placed in a very difficult position and have been forced to take drastic cost cutting measures while still trying to provide a proper education for our youth,” said Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan. “School divisions had $54.5 million cut while the government increased education taxes to $67 million, and directed these taxes into the general revenue fund. So where is the $121.5 million going? It isn’t going into education.”

Since the Saskatchewan Party’s March budget, 10 full-time equivalent permanent Educational Assistants, 11.9 full-time equivalent permanent Secretaries, and 1.5 full-time equivalent permanent Library Technician positions have been cut by the Saskatoon Public School Division. 29 temporary Educational Assistant contracts have not been renewed.

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