You may have heard that the University of Saskatchewan expressed an interest in negotiating a program for incentivized exit with CUPE Local 1975.                                                                                      

While the executive understands this would be an enticing benefit for some of our members who are close to retirement, we are very concerned that the Employer would not agree to include language that would prohibit them from contracting out the positions of our members who would qualify for the incentivized exit program.

In Article 4.8 of the collective agreement between CUPE Local 1975 and the University of Saskatchewan, the employer is prohibited from contracting out our work as a result of layoffs.  We believe the incentivized exit has to provide that same assurance, and as such, we recommended adding a clause to the proposed Memorandum of Agreement which would provide us assurance that contracting out would not be a result of the incentivized exit Memorandum of Agreement.

The University of Saskatchewan would not agree to provide us with those assurances.  Therefore, we are left with no recourse but to reject the proposed Memorandum of Agreement at this time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the office at 306.966.7015.

In solidarity,

Craig Hannah, President CUPE 1975