Tuesday May 24, 2016

12:00 noon to approx 1:00 - Room  103 Physics Bldg. 




Employee and Family Assistance program (EFAP) - Effective June 1, 2016 (Changes)

Dear University of Saskatchewan Affiliates and the Federated College,

At the University of Saskatchewan, we are committed to helping employees maintain their health and well-being by giving them access to an Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). Effective June 1, 2016, the U of S will have a new EFAP provider. ComPsych® Canada Ltd., will offer the EFAP program under the name GuidanceResources®.

GuidanceResources provides employees and their family confidential support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues.

Here are a few GuidanceResources highlights:

-        24/7 confidential services that are easy to access and available through a broad range of channels, including, in-person, video, telephone, email, instant messaging as well as online.                                                                                                                                  -        Can help you and your family with virtually anything personal or work-life related, from legal services to assistance finding child and elder care.                                                                                                                                                                                                        -        EFAP counselling is available in Saskatoon, Canada and the world.

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

There are three ways to access EFAP resources:

  1. Call a toll-free in-take number. You will speak to a counselling professional who will listen to your life challenges and can guide you to the appropriate services you require.
  2. Visit GuidanceResources® Online
  3. Download the mobile app.

For University of Saskatchewan Affiliates (including the federated College) who are already participating in university group benefit plans and are interested in providing this new EFAP program to your employees, we invite you to attend the ComPsych EFAP information session on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm in the Administration Building, Room C280. Please R.S.V.P by Friday June 10, 2016 to if you or another representative from your organization plan to attend the information session. 

Please consult with Sylvia Rempel, Senior Specialist, Compensation and Benefits at 306-966-7892 or if you have any questions concerning the fee structure of this service.  Any other questions concerning the EFAP can be directed to Raelin Bliss, Senior Wellness Specialist, at or at 306-966-4881.


Please see  link to 5512’s new letter writing campaign to ask the Prairie South School Division to reconsider its decision to layoff 26 School Assistants.  Here is the link to the website:

Please sign and share with your locals and on social media.   Here is a message you can send out to members and the public to promote writing a letter:    Prairie South School District has recently decided to lay off 26 school assistants working at nine schools in Moose Jaw.

School assistants are a position unique to Moose Jaw, but they play a vital role in providing recess and lunch time supervision and student support. We need to keep investing in frontline staff in order to ensure the best future for our kids. We are asking people to send an email to the School Board Trustees to ask them to reverse this harmful decision. You can use our easy online tool today:

Thank you for standing up for our children future.

April Edition of the Skopein

Please find attached the April Edition of the Skopein

Listed are all Long Service members and Retirees

/updir/1975/ckfinder/files/April, 2016(1).pdf


Bursary topics have now been picked.

Please see link to for the 2016 application form.  Parents of children applying must have attended at least 3 general membership meetings in the past 12 months.  The rules also apply to members who are applying for the Norm Quan Bursary.  You must have good and sufficient reason if you were not able to attend meetings.  All Essays will be reviewed by an the Education Committee of the Saskatoon District Labour Council and recipients will be notified in September.

/updir/1975/ckfinder/files/Norm Quan Application 2016.pdf

Glen Makahonuk Scholarship:

Please see application form in link below

/updir/1975/ckfinder/files/Makahonuk Scholarship application 2016.pdf


On September 24, 2015 the University of Saskatchewan chose to file a grievance against CUPE Local 1975 to challenge our right to have a say on the future of our pension plan.

The Employer’s grievance essentially seeks a third party arbitrator to determine if the University can make unilateral changes to the pension plan.  In the past, pension changes have been negotiated, as is required by our collective agreement.  The Union will respond to the Employer’s grievance to advocate that any changes to the pension plan will continue to be negotiated at the bargaining table.  This grievance will be heard by an arbitration panel – NOT the Labour Relations Board  as has  erroneously been reported on the University of Saskatchewan website.

The Union’s own outstanding pension grievance has also now been referred to arbitration.  The Local’s grievance was filed in May of 2013 and had been held in abeyance while pension discussions were ongoing.  It asserts a history of improper employer “contribution holidays” (where pension plan surplus was used to reduce the amount the University paid into the plan).

To be clear, the Union’s position is that any changes to the pension plan must be negotiated at the bargaining table.  We strongly disagree with both the spirit and substance of the University’s grievance. In our view, this is a time-consuming and wasteful proceeding that can only damage labour relations on campus.  As we’ve told the University many times: we remain open to discussing the pension plan in the proper forum: the collective bargaining table.

CUPE Local 1975 will continue to work to protect our members’ pension plan, and to hold the University accountable.

2015 - 2016 Holiday Schedule

To see the 2015 - 2016 Holiday Schedule please enter the following link


If members wish to access guidelines and forms in regards to the Reclassification of your position, go to the following University of Saskatchewan Website.

Click on CUPE and you will be shown the procedure guidelines, CUPE position review form and the appeal form.  

if you want access to the forms and the placement manual please click on link which will take you to the Human Resources Website dealing with Reconsideration and Appeals.


To:  CUPE 1975 Members
There have been a number of inquiries in regards to personal days and how they may be used.
Attached is the document in its entirety which is located on the Human Resources web page

Personal days are yours to use as you see fit within the parameters listed in the attachment. if you are being denied for reasons that contradict what is in this document then show your supervisor this document or contact your union.   In particular,  the union has highlighted areas which have been generating concern for some of our members. The following should be followed in regards to personal days.  If you have sick days you should be able to access your personal days.  We have had members being denied personal leave and  told that the leave can only be used for emergency purposes and this is not accurate.   We hope that this email clears up any misunderstandings. 

Points extracted from attached Article 18 (attached for your reference)
5) The Article is also intended to allow for non-urgent and planned events such as parent-teacher interviews, graduations, children’s class trips, to cover the days the university is closed at Christmas, etc.
6) In non-urgent situations, the employee must seek and obtain approval in advance of the planned event.
7) A request may be denied for operational reasons.
8) The leave will be applied consistently across campus and reasons for the leave will not be evaluated.


Eco Passes available!  Faculty and staff who are interested in using Saskatoon Transit to get to and from work, can apply for the subsidized Eco Pass program.  In partnership with the City of Saskatoon, the U of S offers employees a savings of 40% off the regular price of a monthly Saskatoon Transit pass.  A limited number of Eco Passes are available for eligible faculty and staff.  For more informaiton, or to apply to the program, please visit the Parking and Transportation Services webiste.

Article 18.4.1 Personal Leave

Collective Agreement is being printed. If you need to review this article prior to obtaining new agreement please see attached.

Health and Wellness Information

Please find attached information regarding Health Spending Account Summary Wellness Plan Summary Reimbursement form for Wellness spending Account