May 14th was the deadline for receiving Tickets for Retirement and Long Service Banquet


May 14th was the deadline to RSVP for those members who received invitation letters to attend this year’s function on June 1st.

We are a total sell out and were able to accommodate all those members who responded.  A reminder cocktails at 5:15 pm and supper 6:15 sharp.   Location:  Western Development Museum – Butler Byers Room

You would have had to RSVP with Evelyn in order to attend.



CUPE Local 1975

Bargaining and Pension Update

April 17, 2018

Your bargaining committee has been working on your behalf to achieve a collective agreement.  You have given us a strong mandate for no concession bargaining.  We have now concluded discussions about non-monetary items.  We are pleased to report that those discussions went well, and we have been able to make some positive changes to the Collective Agreement.

We just received the employers’ monetary proposal last month.  We have taken a great deal of time to go through the proposal, and unfortunately, it does not even come close to recognizing the significant contributions our members make to the University every day.  While this is early in the monetary discussions, there is much work to be done on the part of the University before we will be ready to bring you a package that is worth voting on.

We have six bargaining dates scheduled between now and the end of June.

Most concerning is the vicious attack on our pension plan.  As you know, the employer filed a grievance against the union, stating they believed they could make unilateral changes to our pension plan without negotiating with the union.  In December, we received the arbitration award which did not go in our favour.  Even though the employer was successful at arbitration, it is important to remember their messaging during this process.  We were assured that whatever the outcome of the arbitration, the employer would work with the union to try to find a satisfactory resolution.

That has now changed!  We have been informed by the employer that they will be making changes to the pension plan, and they will not be seeking the union’s input.  While we are free to present proposals at the bargaining table, their committee does not have any authority to discuss pensions.  Despite that messaging, we are working with CUPE National’s pension experts to table a pension proposal that will protect our members’ interests and be satisfactory to the employer.  If the University cares about having a positive working relationship, they will consider our proposals.  Our pension plan is NOT in a crisis.  As we have reported to you at our pension update meetings, your pension is SUSTAINABLE – and it must be defended.

It is important to remember that a pension plan is deferred income.  You have a right to have that deferred income which was negotiated for you, in place for you when you need it.

Your bargaining committee is prepared to fight for your rights!  But we need your help!

 What can you do?

*Please update your personal email address by going to CUPE’s website at  Instructions are listed on the right hand corner. Please do not input your USASK email.  We cannot, and should not rely on the employer’s email system to communicate with you.

*Attend your monthly membership meetings (4th Tuesday of every month at noon). Dates and times listed on CUPE 1975’s website.

Your Bargaining Committee: Craig Hannah, Bob Jones, Ryan Klassen, Natalie Laing, Jeff Theis, Ann Iwanchuk



CUPE has set up an easy way to enter  your emails on our website. Located on the lower right hand side of this website a box which contains a sign up for email updates is listed.  Enter your personal email address NOT your University email.  You will then receive a request to your personal email box asking you to subscribe to CUPE 1975 email list. Click yes.

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS (Partnership between the U of S and CUPE 1975)


Identify potential chronic or life-threatening health conditions with these 6 simple tests

Know Your Numbers is a partnership between the University of Saskatchewan and CUPE 1975 to bring confidential, on-campus health screening clinics to help improve your overall health.   Resting Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, Total Cholesterol, Height and Weight, Glucose, BMI and Waist Circumference tests.

Our clinics for Summer 2017 are now over. We will be holding more clinics in Spring 2018. Please check back in early Spring to find dates and locations.  Register through the site below. Register through this site: 

CUPE 1975 members will receive paid time away from your workplace to participate in the program.


Tuesday May 1, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm agriculture Building Room 2C71

Wednesday May 9,  7:30 am – 4:30 pm  University Services Bldg. Room A 37

Tuesday May 22,  7:30am – 4:30 pm University Services building Room A 37

Wednesday June 6,    7:30 am – 4:30 pm  Agriculture Building, Room 2C71

CUPE 1975 RETIREES 2017/2018

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Information in regards to the Long Service and Retirement Banquet was listed in the March/April edition of the Skopein. If you missed reading this issue you can view it on this website.  On the left hand column of this website you can enter the portfolio called Newsletter.  There you will find the March/April 2018 edition.

Please open up the links to see the alphabetical listing of Retirees and Long Service members who will be honoured at our June 1, 2018 Banquet which will be held in the Butler Byers Ball Room at the Western Development Museum.  Letters of invitation will be going out April 18, 2018.  You MUST RSVP to this letter in order to be included in the banquet.   Please adhere to the deadlines listed in the letter.

The list of retirees below also contains those members who took the Early Retirement Incentive Package. Even though some of the early retirees will not be officially retired until the fall, the union chose to honour them at this banquet.

Retiree List A – L

Retiree List L to Z

Listed below are the Long Service Members who will be honoured at our banquet June 1, 2018.

Final Long Service Awards List for skopein 2018