Bargaining Update: U of S withdraws pension options, says it will unilaterally make cuts to the pension plan

cupe1975Negotiations/Bargaining

The University of Saskatchewan continues to force Local 1975 needlessly towards job action. Their latest proposal is a further step backwards. They have withdrawn their pension proposal and let us know that – instead of bargaining changes – they plan to make unilateral changes to your pension plan without any input from the union.  We are concerned they plan to … Read More

Bargaining Update

cupe1975Bargaining Updates

The CUPE1975 and University negotiating teams will return to the bargaining table on the afternoon of Thursday, April 18th.  Our bargaining team will be receiving a revised offer of which will be reviewed at that time.  Updates will be posted as they become available.  

Bargaining Update

cupe1975Bargaining Updates

The CUPE1975 and University negotiating teams will return to the bargaining table on the afternoon of April 18th.  Our bargaining team will be receiving a revised offer of which will be reviewed at that time.  Updates will be posted as they become available.  

You Talk, We Listen

cupe1975Pensions, Strike Information

April 25th, 9a.m.-noon Agriculture Building – In the hall near the Agriculture Buffeteria Come speak with your negotiating team and receive a free Tim’s coffee card.  Negotiators Jeff Theis and Ryan Klassen will be available to answer your questions.  

MYTHS ABOUT OUR PENSION PLAN (10,11,12)

cupe1975Negotiations/Bargaining, Pensions

MYTH Federal and provincial regulations limit member risk sharing and will leave the University with increased financial responsibility FACT We are not aware of any such hard limits that are not routinely waived by the federal government. Members in SK and elsewhere around the country routinely contribute directly to deficit payments without regulatory issues. Most public sector workers are in … Read More

Negotiations Update

cupe1975Bargaining Updates, Negotiations/Bargaining

TO:  ALL MEMBERS OF CUPE LOCAL 1975 Member Communique:  Bargaining Update At the union’s request, the parties returned to the bargaining table on April 5, 2019.  The intent of the meeting was to continue discussions about the union’s pension proposal.  While discussions were cordial, unfortunately we did not make any progress. The Essential Services Tribunal will continue in May and … Read More

MYTHS ABOUT OUR PENSION PLAN (9)

cupe1975Negotiations/Bargaining, Pensions

MYTH CUPE did not propose a “true” Jointly-Sponsored Pension Plan since surpluses are spent on member benefits and do not benefit the University  FACT Our proposal was a jointly-sponsored plan with a very conservative approach to surplus use, which we specifically chose to better meet the University’s stated concerns about risk. Plan surpluses can be used for different things – … Read More

MYTHS ABOUT OUR PENSION PLAN (8)

cupe1975Negotiations/Bargaining, Pensions

MYTH “The defined benefit pension that you have earned up to the point of any changes to the plan CANNOT be changed and is payable monthly for your lifetime” “Current pensioners will not be affected by any future changes” FACT These statements are currently true, but there are no guarantees that they will always be true. The Saskatchewan Pension Benefits … Read More

ESSENTIAL SERVICES TRIBUNAL DATES

cupe1975Negotiations/Bargaining

The Essential Services tribunal will continue on:   May 2, 3 (Employer evidence) May 22, 24 (Employer evidence) June 4-7 (Union evidence) June 14 (Argument) No job action (including withdrawal of services or lockout) can commence until we receive a ruling from the Tribunal. We will be back at the bargaining table on April 5th and will provide an update … Read More

MYTHS ABOUT OUR PENSION PLAN (7)

cupe1975Negotiations/Bargaining, Pensions

MYTH  “The DB plan type that has been on the decline over the past number of years across the country” FACT While fewer private sector employers are offering DB pension plans, this plan type remains standard in the public sector. 91% of public sector workers who have a pension plan have a DB plan. DB plans remain standard in the … Read More