cupe1975Bargaining, Questions of the Day


We continue to receive several questions in regard to vacation and pre-scheduled surgeries.  We have presented this question in negotiations on two separate occasions.  We have yet to receive an answer.  This decision is in the hands of the employer.  If you require an answer to this question, please contact your manager and/or Department head.





One of the questions we have received in the last few hours is, “When would we be in a legal position to strike?”  We currently have two (2) applications pending in front of the Labour Relations Board.  Our legal team is attempting to have them dealt with in February however, no date has been set at this time.  We will not be in a legal strike position until these cases are resolved.  There are other regulations that we must follow which will affect when we are in a legal position for job action.

For this and other reasons, we will NOT be in a legal position to take any job action or be locked out in the next two (2) to three (3) weeks or longer.  We will provide more information at the CUPE 1975 Member’s Meeting which will take place at 4:30 pm on January 31, 2019, in room 1150 Health Sciences Theatre (East Wing)




Members questions and concerns are important. 

In an effort to accommodate everyone, all questions will be answered at the CUPE 1975 Member’s  meeting.   The previous Communique  mentioned that a meeting would take place on January 31st.    We are reminding you to attend.

The CUPE 1975 member’s meeting will be held in the Lecture Theartre in room  1150 Health Sciences Bldg. at 4:30 pm on Thursday January 31, 2019.  We urge all our members to check the website daily for important updates and to attend this important meeting.


Negotiations Update (January 11, 2019)


Negotiations continued on January 10-11, 2019. The mediator was unavailable but we were able to discuss some outstanding issues with the employer. We continue to make progress in our discussions. Mediated talks will continue on January 23-25, 2019.




Mobilizing for Bargaining/Strike Readiness campaign


Thank you to the members who participated in our Mobilizing for Bargaining/Strike Readiness campaign training this week. We had a full house with an action packed agenda which was facilitated by CUPE National Staff Marc Xuereb – Campaign Support, and Tria Donaldson – Communications Officer. If you are interested in volunteering in our mobilizing campaign and you have not already done so, please sign up at


January Update


Hopefully you had some time for rest and relaxation and to reconnect with family and friends over the break.  Thank you to all who joined us at the HQ in Sutherland for our open house just before the break.  Donuts, hot chocolate, and good company were a great way to kick off the break!

Negotiations are continuing throughout January.  Bargaining dates have been set for January 10th, 11th, 23rd, 24th and 25th.
We have a mutual agreement with the employer to not post details of the negotiations at this time.
Any updates that we are able to post will be posted promptly, as we know everyone is eager for news.



cupe1975Questions of the Day

The following questions have been asked by many of you.  In the event job action commences, we have asked the employer to provide a response to the following questions.  We will update you when we receive a response.  If we have missed anything, please feel free to contact the union office:


Subsidized Bus Pass:

  1.  Since our last meeting, I have learned that CUPE will not reimburse the University for the cost of subsidized bus passes.  Will the Employer agree to provide an alternate method of paying to employees who wish to maintain their subsidized bus pass?

Parking Spots:

  1. Will the payment for parking spots still be deducted for time away from work due to job action?
  2. If a spot is shared with a family member who is not CUPE will they still be allowed to maintain their spot, and if so, how will the spot be paid for?

Pre-Approved Vacations:

  1. Will the Employer honour pre-approved vacations?

Sick Leave:

  1. Will the Employer honour paid sick leave for those employees who are on approved sick leave prior to any job action?
  2. Will pre-approved medical leave (such as for scheduled surgery) be honoured?

 Maternity Leave:

  1. Will top-up be honoured


  1. If anyone is going to school during job action, will they still be topped up?