Please see below application forms for the above-mentioned bursaries. You can email your application to our office and it will be submitted to our committee for review. PLEASE NOTE: THE DEADLINE FOR THE NORM QUAN BURSARY IS JULY 31, 2020
Greetings CUPE 1975 members,
Much has changed in the last two months since my previous message, but much has stayed the same. We have continued to be under the influence of COVID-19 both on campus and off. Many of you continue to worry and watch other countries where relatives and family may be impacted.
We wish Craig and his family well as he continues his rehab from his surgery, along with anyone else who is having health issues.
The University has developed a re-open plan, with steps similar to the provincial government’s plan. The are looking at a hybrid plan which would see a limited amount of students back on campus in the fall based around the need to have access to labs etc. on campus. Those not needing the resources that the campus can supply will be looking at doing distance learning for the fall term at the very least. Time will tell whether campus will revert back fully to what we are used to come Jan 1st. Work continues on a cure for COVID-19 and once that happens, maybe, life will return to normal for us. As part of the reopening plan the University is looking at, there is a provision to retract a few steps if COVID-19 makes a stronger presence here.
We have had many questions with regards to whether those of you laid off would be returning to work on the date indicated on your initial lay off notice. We have asked that question and have not received an answer. We have also been asked a number of times whether that notice could be extended and, if so, if the 85 per cent top up would be extended. We have not received an answer from management to those questions either.
We have fielded more questions about parking on campus. Currently no bargaining unit on campus is receiving free parking. A joint letter was drafted up by all the unions on campus and forwarded to management where it was received with no appetite to do so. We have been told that you can cancel your parking if you do not require it and you will not lose your seniority.
There have been some questions around your pensions in last few weeks. Those of you that were working at the University for the last number of years will receive two pensions in retirement. One will come in the form of the non-academic defined benefit pension, which was closed in the fall of 2019, with your accumulated pension intact, and one from the new CAAT plan we enrolled in at that point. The statement you received from the CAAT plan will be a small figure as you have only contributed to it for a few months. Your pension will include payments from both of these plans.
We have also received many inquires over filing grievances. There is a timeline involved with grievances based on when you found out the information. Some of you are concerned you may not be called back at the original date you were notified of in your lay off notice. This would be considered new information and we have been told by our national servicing rep that if you feel there is a violation of the Collective Agreement, possibly seniority, that you would be within timelines to request a grievance be filed on your behalf.
The rules for applying for the scholarships we sponsor each year haven’t changed but the timelines to do so have. The deadlines to apply have been extended as you can see elsewhere on our website and, as always, the judging is done externally by the Saskatoon District Labour Council.
It doesn’t seem like it but our current contract is coming to an end in December of this year and your Negotiating Committee is entertaining proposals to put forward at bargaining in 2021. We will entertain your proposals until the end of August at which time the committee will meet and select the ones that we feel represent and address our members needs the most.
In closing, have a safe and enjoyable summer. COVID-19 has and continues to have an impact on many aspects of our lives. Enjoy your health if you are blessed with it, and recognize that not everyone is.
Bob Jones, acting CUPE 1975 President
OH&S Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Zoom Webinar for All Saskatchewan CUPE Locals
Please see the attached memo sent on behalf of Gary Day and Tria Donaldson regarding the upcoming Zoom Webinar for all Saskatchewan locals on June 26, 2020 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
If you are interested in participating, please register online via the CUPE National website www.cupe.ca.
The registration deadline is June 24, 2020, and the Zoom link will be emailed to participants the day before the webinar.
The Office of Sustainability is conducting a small research project to investigate how staff and faculty regularly commute to and from campus (during non-covid times).
This research is part of a student-directed professional project through SENS Masters of Sustainable Environmental Management (MSEM) program.
We invite you to complete this short survey.
Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/CommuteUSask
We will be holding our General Membership Meeting on June 23rd at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom. If you are interested in attending, please email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with the meeting information on June 22nd.
CUPE Saskatchewan celebrates Pride 2020
June is Pride month in many communities across Saskatchewan. While the marches and events that usually bring our communities together for Pride have either been cancelled or postponed with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and restrictions on gatherings, we continue to celebrate Pride and stand in solidarity for equality.
As Saskatchewan’s community union, CUPE proudly celebrates diversity and the role unions play in making our country a fair and more inclusive place for everyone. In the workplace and in our communities, unions have been and continue to be at the forefront in protecting LGBTQ2S+ workers from discrimination and harassment, advancing human rights, promoting inclusion, and securing dignity and equality for all workers through collective bargaining and political action.
This year, we reflect on the COVID-19 crisis that has heightened the need to address inequality as we know the disproportionate impact this crisis is having on LGBTQ2S+ people in our community who may face challenges with safe home settings, precarious employment and barriers in accessing medical care and mental health supports. We acknowledge the courage and commitment of workers on the front lines of public services providing care for our communities, including our fellow LGBTQ2S+ members, who are keeping us all safe. We also recognize the interconnectedness and intersectionality of the struggles against all forms of oppression and the diverse movements that are standing up for human rights.
CUPE Saskatchewan joins in celebrating Pride and standing in solidarity with our communities to advance equality.
|Upcoming online Pride events and resources:|
| Online Panel Discussions:
Global Queer, Trans & Intersex Rights in a COVID-19 World
CUPE National is proud to sponsor a series of online talks with LGBTIQ leaders from around the globe for a series of conversations on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on human rights movements in their countries and regions. The series is presented by Dignity Network Canada and Fierté Canada Pride.
1 PM CT (Live)
6:30 PM CT (Re-Broadcast)
Co-presented by Saskatoon Pride
7:00 PM ET
Co-presented by Pride Toronto
| Upcoming virtual Pride celebrations:
Join Saskatoon’s Virtual Pride Parade.
Watch for CUPE Saskatchewan’s video entry!
Beginning at 12 NOON
(Also shown as a delayed broadcast on Shaw Spotlight)
| GLOBAL PRIDE
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on communities and the ability to join together for Pride marches and events, with most annual events cancelled or postponed. Pride organizations around the world have come together to organize the world’s first-ever ‘Global Pride’ event.
InterPride and the European Pride Organizers Association are working with national Pride networks in several countries to bring communities and Pride organizations together for this event – led by a team of volunteers from every region of the world.
Global Pride will use online platforms to deliver a Pride in which everyone can participate, wherever they are in the world. It will include musical performances, speeches, and key messages from human rights activists. The event will be live-streamed for people to join in the event from home.
Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, will be a guest speaker.
Available by Facebook.
|PRIDES IN SASKATCHEWAN|
Website for Pride events in Saskatoon: www.saskatoonpride.ca
Saskatoon is hosting a virtual parade online on Saturday, June 20, 2020.
Regina’s annual Pride Festival has been postponed to September 2020.
Website for Pride events in Regina: www.queencitypride.ca
Saskatchewan Pride Network
The Network works with volunteers and community leaders in the following communities for Pride events: Estevan, Humboldt, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Swift Current, Weyburn and Yorkton. Website for the Saskatchewan Pride Network: www.moosejawpride.ca/skpride
While most in-person community events and gatherings have been cancelled, many events and flag raisings are being streamed on the Moose Jaw Pride Facebook page.
|RESOURCES FOR CUPE LOCAL UNIONS|
|Information resources for supporting equality and diversity:
Please note that we will be voting on this bylaw amendment at the GMM we are planning on holding on June 23rd via Zoom. Please stay tuned for details on how to attend.
We have been in touch with Service Canada and have some step by step directions on how to apply for their services.
The first thing we do is go to Canada.ca and click on the link Coronavirus (COVID-19) which takes us to a page where we would then click on ‘For Individuals’ then under this tab: Financial and economic support
Under this tab we will see another tab entitled ‘People facing loss of income’ and beside it ‘Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)’. When we click on this it then prompts us to fill out this short questionnaire which then directs folks to the appropriate CERB program they should be applying to.
The questionnaire asks folks two simple questions to get started, ‘I was self employed’ and ‘I was an employee’. When folks answer ‘I was an employee’ the system directs them like this: Thank you! You should apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit through Service Canada and the Employment Insurance program. They click continue and the program takes them directly to the EI application. The application process usually takes less than 30 minutes, folks will need their Social Insurance Number, mother’s maiden name, complete mailing address and postal code and we encourage that they have their banking information in order to set up direct deposit, however, this information can be added after the fact.
One important thing to note is that at the end of the application there is a confirmation page with a confirmation number, it is VERY IMPORTANT that folks either print this page, take a picture of it or write down the confirmation number. This confirmation number basically tells us that we were successful in electronically filing our claim. A week to ten days later folks will get a letter from Service Canada containing a Personal Access Code (PAC) which they need in order to complete bi weekly reports which generates the payment of EI CERB benefits, they should also use this PAC to create a My Service Canada Account unless they already have one or have a My Account through Canada Revenue Agency. These two departmental programs are now linked therefore, if I have either account I can get into both programs for my personal information.
After applying for benefits, if folks have questions or concerns they have two avenues in which to contact our department regarding their claims. They can try the call centre at 1 800 206 7218 or use the on line service request at the following site:
Attached are some of the posters that are being distributed to employers, organizations and service delivery partners with contact information regarding our programs and services.
We hope this helps you navigate the system. We will keep you updated as we receive any new information.
Please take time to remember the 36 workers who have died as a result of their work in Saskatchewan.
SFL video (can also be found on our website and will be shared on social media) – https://www.dropbox.com/s/4npurvnjbfb0pz0/DOM%20Final%202.mp4?dl=0
Video: Day of Mourning Vigil, reading the names of workers in Saskatchewan who died
Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/412379198
We have uploaded the video to Facebook where it will go live April, 28 at 6:00 am: https://www.facebook.com/clcprairieregion
video presentation on their website: https://www.saskatoondlc.ca/
Greetings Members of CUPE 1975,
I hope that this message finds you all safe along with your extended family. We know that many of you have family members outside of Canada and North America and realize how stressful that must be for everyone involved.
Many of you have received communication from the University in regards to temporary lay offs due to the COVID-19 situation. With the absence of students, staff, and others on campus, there is less need for some of the services each of you provide. There is also a greater risk to everyone employed at the University to be exposed to COVID-19, or to pass it on to others.
It is for these reasons that the University has made the decision to allow the different Colleges and Departments on campus to issue temporary lay-offs to some of their permanent employees. Some of you may have been contacted already by your manager or may be in the next couple of days. This is also happening at the same time that seasonal lay-offs are happening and some term positions have been ended.
You may be asked to use some of your holidays or banked time, which would mean your salary would remain the same for the period you are using those days, however if you use your holidays and banked time up, you will be going through this same process at some point.
The University has provided detailed information on their website regarding how to apply for CERB and the top up to 85 percent of your salary that you may be eligible for.
The link is found here or see previous post for direct links. You’ll need to go to PAWS, then click Employment Resources, then click on Employee Update (right side of the screen) then scroll down to the Q & A Section:
The Unemployed Workers Help Centre is available to assist with EI and CERB claims.
They can be reached at:
2154 Airport Drive
Phone: (306) 382-8662
Fax: (306) 978-7815
The Service Canada website also has excellent information. The link is found here:
For the seasonal employees experiencing a scheduled lay-off (not related to COVID-19), you will need to apply for Employment Insurance. If you are in a term position that has come to an end, you will also need to apply for Employment Insurance.
We have had assurances that those of you in permanent positions at the University will be returning to your previous positions with your seniority intact. Those of you in seasonal or term positions that will be impacted by these lay-offs, have some protection over our contracting out language in our collective agreement. If we believe the employer is taking advantage of this in these times, we will be using any and all resources at our disposal to challenge and prevent that from happening.
We continue to advocate for our members and their rights through this trying period and if you feel that your rights and or safety has been compromised, as always, we are here to help you.