Thanks goes out to Cathy Fulcher, CUPE 1975 member, who has volunteered to  walk around campus asking members to sign a support card for negotiating a fair contract.

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.  LET THE U OF S KNOW YOU SUPPORT WORKERS’ RIGHT TO A SECURE PENSION.

For years, CUPE 1975 and the University of Saskatchewan have negotiated changes to the pension plan at the bargaining table.  But now the University wants to leave workers out of the conversation about their retirement security.  The U of S is threatening to make unilateral cuts to the pension plan outside of the collective bargaining table.

The hard working staff members of CUPE 1975 have a long history of engaging in serious and good faith bargaining over their pension plan.  If the University has their way, workers will lose their voice when it comes to their retirement. Cathy will be visiting to have your sign the “PAWS OFF OUR PENSIONS!” support card.


Strike Headquarters rented December 1st


Strike Headquarters Secured  December 1st

To keep members updated please be advised of the following:  The Union and the University are still involved in Mediation and are also working on shutdown protocol.   Both parties have agreed that we will not share any of our talks.

We do however, have some information we can let you know about.  Job action is the last resort and your Negotiation team is working very hard on obtaining a settlement.  In the event that talks break down and we must take job action, we secured a strike headquarters.   We are looking for items for our new headquarters.  If you have a fridge, microwave, couch, chairs, room dividers and a ghetto blaster and wish to donate them, please call the union office at 966-7015.  We would then make arrangements for pick up of donated items.   Thank you!




On December 10th the CUPE 1975 members will be having a “Rally in the Bowl”.  Free travel mugs to first 300 people who attend along with hot chocolate for everyone.

CUPE 1975 University Employees’ Union welcomes all Students, Faculty, Staff and Guests.

Speakers will include:  Tom Graham, President CUPE Sask.  Tom was an employee of the City of Saskatoon and knows the City and the University very well.  Tom has been involved in many fights of this nature and will be advocating for our local in the media.  Our second speaker will be Paul Moist Past Presdient CUPE National. 

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided – J.K. Rowling


Elections for Table Officers and Extended Executive


On December 3rd the office will complete the last of the elections for Extended Executive. Student Representative for the University and Clerical Representative elections will be completed.  A full list of the Elected officers will be posted on the website on December 4, 2018.

Our deepest sympathies to Scott Beck’s family


Scott Beck who was a former  member and worked in controls. In the past year he worked for Environmental Controls at the U of S. A celebration of Scott’s life will be held on Saturday, December 1, at 2:00 p.m. at the Saskatoon Funeral Home (338 – 4th Avenue N).  Full obituary listed at:



MEDIATION UPDATE 4:45 pm November 16, 2018


Mediation continued on November 16, 2018.  Your committee presented a comprehensive counter offer to the Employer for their consideration.  We met through the mediator for most of the day, but have not reached an agreement.  Mediated discussions are continuing, while we continue with the mediated process.  The parties have agreed not to share the contents of our respective proposals. We will provide a further update after our next mediated session.

Mediation update

cupe1975Bargaining, Negotiations/Bargaining

Mediated discussion occurred November 1st.  The employer provided your bargaining committee with a new proposal.  This is not a final offer.  Your committee is considering the proposal and will be putting forward a counter proposal at the next mediated session on November 16, 2018.  The parties have agreed not to share the contents of the proposal while we are in discussions.  We will provide further updates after our next mediated session.