Seniority Policy Grievance


Greetings CUPE 1975 members,

The CUPE 1975 Grievance Committee has been working to try and resolve the policy grievance we filed on many of our members’ behalf.  We have made some headway and we are hopeful we may be able to get a resolve without going to arbitration.

This policy grievance was filed for our members whose lay offs were extended past the point of receiving the 85% of salary from the University.  If you fell into that category and there were less senior members working or called back to work ahead of you, we will need to have you contact us.

To be eligible, you would have to have the same skills and qualifications of the position which is currently being performed by someone else with less seniority.  If you fall into this category or think you might, please reach out to the Union office (  to discuss with us by February 5, 2021.

Bob Jones
CUPE 1975


Volunteer Position Required – SDLC


From the SDLC, Saskatoon & District Labour Council

This Saskatoon-based umbrella group for unions is looking for a volunteer to join their Executive Board asap. The position is called Registrar, and this person:
  • sends out email communication from the Executive (e.g., notices of upcoming monthly and annual meetings; special communications from the Executive, etc.)
  • handles registration for the annual AGM
  • in this case, the current Registrar has also handled Zoom online meetings by acting as co-host (handling all Zoom computer functions during the monthly meetings – admitting attendees in the Waiting Room; posting POLLS for voting on motions, assisting the Chair, etc.)

The President of the SDLC writes:

The table officers have reviewed this absence and determined it is not an absence we can leave vacant until the AGM [in February], especially since this position is very important in planning and organizing the AGM. We will discuss this further at the January Exec meeting on the 18th.
We are hoping that the executive can shoulder tap someone now to take on those duties and hold an election to replace them, maybe at the general meeting in February, unless we need more time to give proper notice to our affiliates. If you know anyone who has questions about what the Registrar is responsible for, please do not hesitate to have them contact me for further information.

If anyone in CUPE 1975 is interested in participating in the larger labour movement and has these organizational & communication skills, you can get more information by replying here.




Each and every day, CUPE members are on the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus, working hard to keep our communities strong and safe.

In challenging times like these, it’s more important than ever to stay connected.

To sign-up for a face mask, members can visit CUPE Saskatchewan’s campaign website:

Together, let’s stay connected to fight for fairness, for more investments in public services, and for more recognition of our fellow CUPE members on the frontline showing exceptional courage and commitment to our communities.

Let’s show our solidarity across the province and stay safe!

Election Results



The results are in!

Please join us in welcoming our new 1st Vice-President, Ryan Klassen.

Our new Executive is as follows:

2020/2021 Executive Board

President                             Bob Jones

1st Vice – President            Ryan Klassen

 2nd Vice-President            Natalie Laing

Treasurer                             Jeff Theis

Recording Secretary          Sherri Duggan

Sergeant- at- Arms             Jeff Van De Voord

Trustees                              Shelly Armbruster, Mimma Messina, Jaime Provo





Erwin Marbella

Alan Bohle


Maintenance – Trades, Steam Plant, Kinesiology


Braden Pound



Library, Archives



Lara O’Grady


Technicians, Security, Stores



Cindy Toy

Dylan Powell



Linda Riopel

Donna Smandych


Student Employee Representative


Sam Riendeau

Voting Room on Campus for 1st VP Election


As you know, today is Election Day for the 1st Vice President position.  You should have received an email with the link for you to vote.  Please contact the office at 306-966-7015 if you did not.

There is a room available in the Arts Building (Rm 140) if you need a computer to vote on.  Please use the Edwards School of Business entrance.  As the building is currently locked, please call the office (306-966-7015) and we will arrange for someone to meet you there and let you in.

Cleaning supplies are available for you to wipe down the computer area, before and after you vote.

CUPE 1975

1st Vice President Election


Just a reminder that CUPE 1975 will be holding an election for the position of 1st Vice President this week.

Voting will take place from: January 6, 2021 at 7 a.m. to January 7, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.  

If you need a computer to vote, the computer lab in ARTS 140 will be open and set up for you to vote on January 7th.  Supplies will be made available for cleaning/disinfecting before and after you use the computers.

Please note that the election will be ENTIRELY online. There will be no in-person voting.  You will receive a link in your inbox on January 6th to vote.  Please check your junk/spam inboxes or contact the office if you do not receive one.

1st Vice-President:

  • Ryan Klassen
  • Gino Santoro


Bursary Winners


CUPE 1975 is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Norm Quan and Glen Makahonuk Bursary awards:

Norm Quan:

  • Christine Wilson
  • Reece Forster
  • Mason Beaulieu


Glen Makahonuk:  Dylan Powell

Congratulations to this years’ winners!

Season’s greetings and solidarity with our front-line workers keeping us safe


Season’s greetings and solidarity with our front-line workers keeping us safe

On the front line and behind the scenes, Saskatchewan’s 30,000 CUPE members are delivering the public services we rely on to keep our communities safe and strong through the unprecedented fight against the coronavirus.
We all need to do our part in protecting one another from the spread of the coronavirus – and to protect the public service workers who are sacrificing so much to be there for us. This includes limiting our close contacts even further to reduce transmission, remaining physically distant, wearing a mask, and washing our hands.
As we near the end of challenging year and look to another in the grips of a fight to protect the health of our communities and prevent more loss of life, let us recommit to do our part to limit transmission and to pushing forward for more fairness in our society, to call for more investments in public services, and to demand better recognition of our fellow workers.
In solidarity, we can make hope and better days a reality.
On behalf of the Executive Board and staff of CUPE Saskatchewan, we wish everyone a safe holiday and happy new year

Season’s Greetings!



Greetings CUPE 1975 members,

It has been a while since my last message to you and I thought I would provide a update on some of the things happening with our local. First of all, I would like to thank all of you who voted for me to become your next President.  I’m fortunate to have some really good help on our Executive and this position cannot function without the experience, knowledge and drive that other members of our Executive bring with them.  I truly believe that the most important thing we do as a CUPE 1975 Executive, whether its me or one of the other Executive members, is to represent, advocate and support you when you need assistance.

We will be having one more election in the new year to elect a new 1st Vice President. Two people are running for this position and I encourage you to cast a vote to determine who will fill this vacancy.  It is a very important position and role within our local.  Our bylaws state that if anything happens to the President, in their absence, the 1st Vice President will assume the President’s role. This happened when Craig experienced his medical issues this past February and I assumed his position.

Jeff Theis shared with us at the last General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, that 49 people had applied for and received a cheque from our local who had been placed on a temporary lay off.  This is something our members wanted done and we listened to you.  We have been told that between 30 and 40 of our CUPE members remain on temporary lay off with no recall date in sight.  We continue to advocate to get all of our members back to work as soon as possible.

Our Grievance Chair, Leanne Ooms has been extremely busy over the last number of months. She has been able to problem solve some of the many grievances that have been filed with the employer and we have hopes that this can continue to happen in the upcoming year.  Leanne works closely with our National Servicing Rep, Ann Iwanchuk.  Ann was, at one time, tasked with doing a number of outstanding arbitrations for different CUPE locals in Saskatchewan.  This took place over 2 years and she was successful with a number of them.  We are fortunate to have Ann as a resource and Leanne and her have worked well together.

Mental health continues to be a real concern not only for our members but also for those people that are in their lives.  The pressures and anxiety that many of you have felt over health concerns to yourself and your family members and the decisions that you have had to make were not without some anxiety.  Concern about your job or your spouse’s job.  Financial concerns.  Working from home.  Aging parents and not being able to visit them. The holidays season is difficult for some and these other things will only compound it.  EAP is available for anyone working at the University and for your family members also.  Please take advantage of this free service offered by the University.  Reach out to a family member or friend if you’re feeling low.  One thing I heard today that someone was doing thru this difficult period, was trying to reach out to someone who they haven’t talked to or seen for a while.  They sometimes have different perspectives and help you to see things in a different light.

Our new admin person, Heather Richinski, has been progressing in her new role. This role would be daunting for anyone, and its only been compounded with COVID. She had been tasked with holding our first online event, our election, and it appeared to go off fairly seamlessly.  Thanks Heather.  I suspect we will continue to use this method in the future for anything requiring a vote.

In closing, this break is coming at a time when we all could use it.  I acknowledge that shift workers will not get the full benefit of the time away.  The work you do is very important and it’s recognized whether you are treating someone’s pet, patrolling campus, providing heat to the buildings, feeding animals, or the many other things on campus that require daily intervention.  I feel this break will hope to slow the cycle of COVID that we are in.  The first inoculations in Saskatchewan have taken place and my hopes are that everyone will be able to receive an inoculation in the next few months if they choose to.  It was shared with me today by Mark Hancock, our CUPE National President, that 8 CUPE members in Canada have died by COVID, which they acquired  in the workplace.  Some of these were members working in facilities caring for our elderly.  Let’s all make an effort to slow this cycle down.  This will pass.  We will have other holidays to celebrate once we get past this.

Wishing you all the best during the Holidays and for the upcoming year. Be kind to others.

Bob Jones
President, CUPE 1975
Room 21, McLean Hall
106 Wiggins Road
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E6