cupe1975Negotiations/Bargaining

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

 At the General Membership Meeting on September 18, 2018 CUPE 1975 members overwhelmingly voted in favour of directing their bargaining team to conduct a strike vote.  The details are as follows:

IMPORTANT BARGAINING UPDATE

After almost two years of bargaining, your Local 1975 bargaining committee has served written notice to the Employer and the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety that the union and the University of Saskatchewan have reached an impasse in the current round of negotiations.

The main sticking point in negotiations is our pension plan. The University is refusing to talk pensions at the bargaining table, and is threatening to make unilateral cuts to your pension plan, which could drastically reduce your hard fought retirement benefits.

CUPE 1975 and the University of Saskatchewan have a long history of engaging in serious and good faith bargaining over our pension plan. We see no reason that this practice should stop.

It is imperative that we fight to strengthen the pension language in our collective agreement so we can continue to have a voice in changes to our pension plan.

This is why we are seeking a strong strike mandate from our membership.  We need to send a message to the Employer that we will fight for our right to have a say in our retirement security.

After decades of hard work and paying into the pension plan, our members deserve to know that they can count on their pension in retirement.

We will continue to do our best to reach a fair deal at the bargaining table. Now that we have filed for impasse this includes working through the conciliation process with a government appointed mediator and the Employer to try to reach a deal. As this process unfolds, it is important we show the Employer that we are united and ready to stand together for our pension plan.

A RALLY  will be held on September 27th  at 4:30 pm  in Rooms 143 and 146 Arts Bldg  and will feature Mark Hancock, CUPE National President, and Jerrett Clark, President of the CUPE Local at Carleton University who just successfully won a similar pension fight.  Location: 

 Following the rally on September 27th a strike vote will take place until 7:30 pm in rooms 143 & 146 of the Arts Building.   The strike vote will continue on September 28th in the Graduate Students’ Association Commons, located directly behind McLean Hall across from the Dental Clinic from the hours of 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. To learn more about our pension plan read the document “Frequently Asked Questions” which can be found by visiting our website at cupe1975.ca.

In solidarity, Your Bargaining Committee,

Craig Hannah, Bob Jones, Ryan Klassen, Natalie Laing, Jeff Theis, Ann Iwanchuk

 

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CUPE COMMUNIQUE’

Canadian Union of Public Employees   CUPE.CA

September 18, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Media Release: CUPE Local 1975 says “Paws off our pensions” to the U of S and files for impasse

(Saskatoon) After almost two years of bargaining, your Local 1975 bargaining committee has served written notice to the employer and the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety that the union and the University of Saskatchewan have reached an impasse in the current round of negotiations.

The main sticking point in negotiations is the pension plan. The University is refusing to talk pensions at the bargaining table and is threatening to make unilateral cuts to the pension plan.

“CUPE 1975 and the University of Saskatchewan have a long history of engaging in serious and good faith bargaining over our pension plan. We see no reason that this practice should stop,” said Craig Hannah, president of CUPE Local 1975. “If the University has their way, workers will no longer have a voice when it comes to their retirement security.”

In 2015, the University filed a grievance over the union’s view that language in our collective agreement gave us the right to negotiate pensions. Despite the parties negotiating changes to the pension plan for 65 years, Arbitrator Hornung sided with the University and ruled that the current collective agreement on pension is not strong enough to protect against unilateral changes to the plan. Since the local is currently in collective bargaining, they are seeking to add language regarding their right to bargain pensions.

“The average benefit paid to members of the local enrolled in the pension plan is just $18,100 annually, but the knowledge that we have a pension we can count on is a major part of compensation and a major reason our members come to work every day,” said Hannah.  “Our members will not accept the University unilaterally telling them what their pension will or will not be.”

“After decades of hard work and paying into the pension plan, the dedicated people who make U of S work need to know that they can count on their pension in retirement,” said Hannah. “It is imperative that we fight to strengthen the pension language in our collective agreement, so we can continue to have a voice in changes to our pension plan.”

CUPE 1975 represents 1900 members who work at the University of Saskatchewan in a variety of non-academic positions.