Save the Date!


General Membership Meeting

September 22, 2020
12 – 1pm
Via Zoom

Zoom invites will go out later this week to your inboxes.  Please contact the office if your contact information has changed.



Pandemic Relief Form

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To our members who are temporarily laid off and looking for relief, please see the form below in the attached link.  Fill it out and return to the CUPE office via email at your earliest convenience. 

Pandemic Relief Form 2020

Message from our Acting President

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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

PPE Zoom Webinar


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

The registration deadline is June 24, 2020, and the Zoom link will be emailed to participants the day before the webinar.


Campus Transportation Survey


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:

General Membership Meeting


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 and we will provide you with the meeting information on June 22nd.

Thank you

CUPE Saskatchewan celebrates Pride 2020


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.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

1 PM CT (Live)

6:30 PM CT (Re-Broadcast)

Co-presented by Saskatoon Pride

CLICK HERE to view this event.

Monday, June 22, 2020

7:00 PM ET

Co-presented by Pride Toronto

CLICK HERE to view this event.

 Upcoming virtual Pride celebrations:


Join Saskatoon’s Virtual Pride Parade.

Watch for CUPE Saskatchewan’s video entry!

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Facebook Live

Beginning at 12 NOON

(Also shown as a delayed broadcast on Shaw Spotlight)

CLICK HERE to view this event.


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.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

24-hour celebration.

Available by Facebook.

CLICK HERE to view this event.


Website for Pride events in Saskatoon:

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:

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:

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.

Information resources for supporting equality and diversity: