Tuesday February 23, 2016

12:00 noon to approx 1:00 - Room  165 Physics Bldg. 

Meetings will be held in Room 165 Physics until June, 2016



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.


If you are interested in running for Recording Secretary for CUPE local 1975 please see attached letters.

Attachment 1 - Memo regarding times lines and submission

Attachment 2 - Recording Secretary Job Duties,  Attachment 3 - Nomination form

Deadline for Nomination forms to arrive at the Union Office - February 19, 2016


Each member will be receiving an email from the Union in regards to submitting Bargaining Proposals.  Please see attached letter which will be going out to every member indicating proceedure and time lines for submissions.  CLICK THE ABOVE TITLE BAR "Call for Bargaining Proposals" which will direct you to the attached letter.

Conventions and Schools

CUPE Saskatchewan Convention Radisson Hotel Saskatoon

March 9 - 11, 2016   CUPE sending 18 members - 8 spots remaining

Call Union Office at 966-7015 if you wish to attend. DEADLINE:  January 29, 2016

Click link below for more information.


SFL Spring School Elk Ridge

April 18 - 22, 2016

CUPE Sending up to 4 members. DEADLINE: March 2, 2016

Click link below for more information.



Occupational Health and Safety Convention Call 2016

Delta Bessborough Hotel Saskatoon 

Aprl 21 - 22, 2016  CUPE sending up to 15 members DEADLINE: March 11, 2016

Click link below for more information


The Education Committe will contact you if you are chosen to go to any Schools. 

Conferences/Conventions and workshops - You will be notified by the Executive upon application


Kristin Trondson was elected 2nd Vice-President for CUPE Local 1975.

We thank all those members who came out to exercise their right to vote.

National Study on Balancing Work, Family and Caregiving

The goal of this survey is to increase awareness at both the public policy and employer level of the challenges faced by those seeking to combine work, caregiving and perhaps childcare and thereby make the business case for change. The study also seeks to identify differences in caregiving challenges faced by employed caregivers caring for relatives with various forms of dementia versus those caring for relatives with chronic non-dementia conditions.  Raising awareness of these challenges will shine a light on issues that must be addressed if Canadian organizations are to remain competitive and caregivers are to remain healthy.    See attached for more information.

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.  

On November 10, 2015,  Bob Jones, CUPE Local 1975 will be giving a presentation on position reviews and placement and how the process works.  The presentation will be open to the first 25 members who register with the Union either by phone (306) 966-7015 or by email  at  The presentation will take place in Room  1022 Education Building from  12:00 to  approximately 2:30 pm.  We hope that your department will give you time off to attend this presentation or that you will be allowed to make up the time. If you have difficulty arranging for time off please advise the Union and we will make arrangements for you to be released from work.


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