A Message from your Negotiating Committee


As many of you have heard or seen over the last few hours the CBC and the Star phoenix among others have reports on our special meeting/media conference held on Tuesday at noon. Thanks again to those of you who attended and we apologise to those of you that were unable to find a spot in the room. We were unable to source a larger room and we felt that we really needed to bring this fight to the decision makers of the University, Peter Stoicheff and the Board of Governors. The first half hour focused on bringing the media up to speed on our side of the story and to hear from other unions on campus – ASPA and the Sessional Lecturers’- about their thoughts on our struggles and the common problem all unions on campus are having in dealing with this administration. We didn’t have any “new information” to share with you the members but we did field a number of questions regarding the letters many of you received with the employers spin on their previous offers. This was not a new offer and it is not one we will vote on. There were many questions in regards to the proposed wage model. We had agreed at the bargaining table to listen to their proposal in regards to a new wage model but we are far apart on accepting or agreeing to anything. As many of you would recall at our open house a month ago we pointed out that using all the “employers” data, 42 per cent of you would be limited to a 1 per cent increment “at best” in the first year of this proposal, and we know that 42 per cent would increase each year afterwards. It would not take long before we would be at over 50 per cent of our membership receiving 1 per cent or less of increment annually. Of the 42 per cent of you impacted by “The University’s” offer, we have heard from a number of you that would be placed in the top of a phase with no wage increases, through the increment model or through negotiated wage increases for years. This model is not in our best interest to accept but you can see why the University wants to implement it. IT SAVES THEM MONEY. It decreases their payroll costs, just as implementing a different pension plan would SAVE THEM MONEY. Just as a signing bonus of 1500, or 3000 dollars would SAVE THEM MONEY.  We are planning to host another Open House in March and we will present to you what the “dollar” difference will be instead of just percentages. Please follow our web page and FaceBook page for times and dates. We look forward to seeing you there and answering all your questions and concerns.

Your Negotiating Committee


Thank you!


Thank you to all the members who came out to support the press conference and receive clarity on some issues they had. A big thank you to the other locals unions on campus who came out and voiced their support for our fight and to acknowledge that they too, had similar issues and concerns with management at the University. As you all saw the University continues to present their same offer while trying to spin it as being a generous offer. We do acknowledge that they are creative in their spin we only wish they would spend as much time and energy on trying to achieve a fair and equitable contract to our members. We are looking at hosting more information meetings in various forms in the upcoming months to answer any and all questions and concerns you might have as we pursue our goal of negotiating a fair contract for all of you. Thanks again. Your support is appreciated.

Your Bargaining Committee.


Special Meeting with Press Conference


Special meeting with a press conference.  Further to this we will be having another special members meeting in late March for those who were unable to attend the last special members meeting.  This meeting will address some outstanding issues pertaining to bargaining.

Tuesday, February 26th
Room 1B11 Health Sciences Building


Summer School – May 26-31, 2019

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Please be aware that registration must be done through the CUPE 1975 office, not through the link that is on the brochure.  Call the office at (306) 966-7015 or email at cupe1975@sasktel.net if you are interested in registering.
There are a limited amount of spaces available.


CUPE_1975_Education_Criteria_and_Application (please fill out and send to “CUPE 1975, 21 McLean Hall”)


“Wear CUPE” Contest

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We want to see your CUPE swag!  Send a photo of yourself wearing CUPE gear to the Facebook group (CUPE 1975) for a chance to win Blades tickets.  You will be notified by email on Thursday afternoon if you are a winner.  Please be aware that photos will be posted on our Facebook group, (CUPE 1975) which is a closed group for members only.  If you do not wish for your photo to be used you can privately email us the picture to enter the contest, but indicate you don’t want your image used.


What Can I Do To Prevent Job Action?


Ask President Peter Stoicheff and the Board of Governors  to get back to the table.  Our pension plan is sustainable! Have them give a serious look at our proposals.   Members need to pressure them to get back to the table and negotiate a fair contract.  0%+ 0% + 0% = 0%  – Tell them that you as an employee of the University need to be valued for the work you do.  Without you there is no University of Saskatchewan!


Sign a postcard (Union office has Paws Off Our Pensions Cards)

Rally in conjunction with the National Bargaining Conference which is being held in March

Speak up!

  • Contact the Board of Governors:  email:  sheena.rowan@usask.ca
  • Contact the President: peter.stoicheff@usask.ca



CUPE 1975 Members Crossing Picket Line


To Cross the Picket Line or Strike?

The Union feels that it must once again address the questions members have in regards to crossing the picket line. We will respond to the employer’s information on their website.  The response seems to be missing important information.

Quoting the Employer website, “It is legal to cross the picket line and continue to work during job action. If an employee is interested in crossing the picket line to continue working, their People Leader or HR SBA will assist the employee in arranging for their safety and security, and access to continue work will be supported”.

Union’s Response to member’s crossing the picket line

Legally any individual can choose to cross a picket line and go to work, but you will be fined by the Local. If a member crosses the picket line and goes to work, this deteriorates the morale of your fellow members in the bargaining unit.

Under your Local 1975 Bylaws (11.8), you will be fined an amount equal to any earnings you received as a result of crossing the picket line.

Section 11.8 states: “Any member who is found guilty under the trial procedure of crossing our own Local’s picket line in the event of a strike or other job action, may be fined an amount of not more than the net earnings the employee earned during the strike.”

Additionally, this may lead to sanctions under the National Constitution as a result of the Trial Procedure.


Essential Services Update



The University has filed an application with The Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board to rule on whether or not they fit the definition of an Essential Services employer.                                                                           

This preliminary matter will be heard on Thursday, February 28, 2019