Pension Arbitration Update

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update12 The Employer initiated grievance was the grievance where the University wanted an arbitrator to rule on whether or not the University can make unilateral changes to OUR pension plan;

The union initiated a grievance where we questioned the  employer taking pension contribution holidays.

APRIL 27, 2017 UPDATE

The Employer’s grievance against CUPE Local 1975 was heard by an Arbitration board on March 29, 2017.  As a reminder, the employer has filed a grievance to determine whether or not they have the right to make changes to our pension plan without our consent. We are awaiting a decision by the Arbitration board – which may  take several months.  Both parties have agreed to put the union’s pension grievance against the University of Saskatchewan on hold while the parties discuss and negotiate pension matters during collective bargaining.  We are hopeful that we can achieve a satisfactory resolution but if not, we can continue with the arbitration of our grievance.  When we discuss pensions at the bargaining table, we will have the additional resource of our pension experts from CUPE National who will assist with that aspect of negotiations.

Several bargaining dates are set for May and June, and into the fall. We look forward to getting underway in the coming days and weeks and we will keep the membership posted.

Your bargaining committee knows how important our pension plan is, and we are prepared to do whatever it takes to protect it into the future.

If you have any further questions regarding the above please call the Union office at 966-7015 and Evelyn will direct   you to one of the members on our negotiating team.

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The Union and the employer were scheduled to proceed to arbitration September 26-29 with respect to the two pension grievances — the Employer initiated grievance was the grievance where the University wanted an arbitrator to rule on whether or not the University can make unilateral changes to OUR pension plan;

The union initiated a grievance where we questioned the  employer taking pension contribution holidays.

Due to some preliminary legal matters that were unable to be resolved prior to the arbitration dates, the arbitrations have been rescheduled for April 24-28, 2017.

We have asked the employer to provide us with prospective dates for negotiations.

Negotiations

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The Union has begun Interest Based Bargaining with the Employer.

Meetings will take place Thursday May 11th and 12th.

Occupational Health and Safety Conference-Sept. 6-8, 2017

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At the AGM in April a motion was made to send up to 6 members to the OH&S Conference from Sept. 6 to 8, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel in Saskatoon.   Preference will be given to Local Safety Committee members. If more than 6 members apply we will have a draw and those who will be able to attend will be notified by July 3, 2017.

You must first go into the following link and fill out the registration form and also make 3 selections in order of preference from the listed workshops.

On a separate sheet list your supervisor’s name, your location of work, and your hours of work.

Submit to the union office no later than June 30, 2017.

http://www.sfl.sk.ca/public/images/documents/Conferences/OHS_brochure_2017.pdf

SFL Occupation Health and Safety Conference – September 6-8, 2017

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A motion was made at the AGM in April to send up to six members to the OH&S Conference in September.  Anyone on the LSC will get first priority – Deadline to get name in is June 30, 2017.  Evelyn will let those who have been chosen to go on July 3rd.  Please look at the link and see courses offered.  You must make 3 selections in order of preference from the workshops provided.  Mail your Registration form and your preferences to Evelyn at Room 21 McLean Hall.  In case you are chosen – list your supervisor’s name and hours of work.

Link:

http://www.sfl.sk.ca/public/images/documents/Conferences/OHS_brochure_2017.pdf

Saskatchewan 2017 CUPE Summer School

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The Education Committee will be sending up to 8 members to the CUPE Summer School on May 14 – 19, 2017 in Waskesiu.

Below is the link for the Brochue which you can look at courses offered.

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Attached is the form needed to apply to the Union to take this course.  If you are interested fill out the form andsubmit to the union office no later than April 13, 2017 – 4:00 pm

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Prairie School For Union Women -June 11-15, 2017

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APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED FOR PSFW

The Union will be sending delegates to the Prairie School for Union Women.

Up to eight (8) members will be sent to this school .  Deadline to submit name is March 14, 2017

You must fill out the application form listed below and submit this to the Union office – Room 21 McLean hall prior to March 14th, 2017.

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http://www.sfl.sk.ca/public/images/documents/Events/Annual%20Schools/PSUW_2017_final.pdf

Thank you all members for attending the annual Christmas Social Get Together

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276 CUPE members visited the Roy Romanow to share in treats and to receive Toques and Mitts.  (Wear these with Pride)

Winners of prizes drawn at our CUPE 1975 Christmas Social

  • Gift Cards for $25.00:  Gail Kondra, Shannon Bay, Danielle Epp, Leonard Fox, Glen Friesen, Ashley Taylor, Gloria Sibernagel,
  • Debie Loehndorf, Dana Horosko and Grace Kuhn
  • Faculty Club Lunch for 2:  Anna Smith
  • Brown Bag Lunch Faculty Club:  Gerald barrie
  • Huskie Athletics 10 Flex Pack:  Brian Pdhaychuk and Leah Boyd
  • Kenneth Cole Bag:  Will let you know winner after Christmas as being used as a Christmas gift.