cupe1975Bargaining, Scholarships

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • current union member, or the child/dependent of a union member, that is affiliated to the CLC;
  • age 30 or under as of September 1, 2017;
  • enrolled for September 2017 to enter their first year of full-time study at a Canadian public post-secondary institution: university program (leading to a degree) or college program (leading to a diploma or certificate);
  • does not have any prior post-secondary studies; and
  • currently enrolled or not more than two years out of secondary school.

Applicants will be required to submit:

  • a personal information application;
  • a brief resume outlining non-academic interests and activities as well as goals for the future;
  • proof of acceptance/statement of intention to study at a Canadian, public post-secondary education institute; and
  • an essay that demonstrates labour/community involvement on the topic outlined in the application form.

The deadline for receipt of applications is August 9, 2017. This year’s winner will be announced on September 1, 2017.




CUPE 1975 members were sent out an information letter in regards to the Know Your Numbers Campaign

Please check out link for more information

On-campus Check-up

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.


June 5, 8 am – 4:30 pm, Health Sciences E-Wing, Rm 1313, 1315

June 6, 8 am – 4:30 pm, Agriculture Building, Rm 1E69

June 7, 8 am – 4:30 pm, Health Sciences E-Wing, Rm 1313, 1315

June 8, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm, Facilities Management Department, Rm C18

June 9,  8 am – 4:30 pm, Health Sciences E-Wing, Rm 1313, 1315


Potential Contracting out



CUPE Local 1975 concerned about potential contracting out at the U of S

SASKATOON: CUPE Local 1975 is concerned that the University of Saskatchewan’s interest in negotiating an incentivized exit with union employees may lead to contracting out of key university services.

“Under the current collective agreement, the employer is prohibited from contracting out our work as a result of layoffs,” said Craig Hannah, president of CUPE Local 1975. “We believe that incentivized exits should provide the same assurance, but the university has yet to provide us with that assurance.”

Privatization may seem like a quick way to save money, but other jurisdictions and institutions are steadily contracting services back in house to save money and improve quality, including the University of Toronto, which just took over responsibility for food services at its downtown campus.

“We are very open to more conversations on this topic, but we need assurance from the university that the services we provide are going to be protected,” added Hannah.

 In the recent budget, the Sask Party government announced a 5.6 per cent reduction in funding for the University of Saskatchewan. The government is also requiring the University of Saskatchewan to provide $20 million from its base budget to support the College of Medicine.

“We understand the university is in a tough financial spot, but it is important to remember that this is a direct result of the provincial government’s austerity budget,” said Hannah. “The government reversed its funding cuts to libraries, and I hope it will come to its senses and restore funding to our province’s world recognized post-secondary institutions.”

CUPE Local 1975 represents 2,000 workers at the University of Saskatchewan who work in food services, trades, security, clerical support, the library, grounds keeping and landscaping, and caretaking.

For more information, please contact:

Tria Donaldson, CUPE communications representative, at 306.531.6247.



You may have heard that the University of Saskatchewan expressed an interest in negotiating a program for incentivized exit with CUPE Local 1975.                                                                                      

While the executive understands this would be an enticing benefit for some of our members who are close to retirement, we are very concerned that the Employer would not agree to include language that would prohibit them from contracting out the positions of our members who would qualify for the incentivized exit program.

In Article 4.8 of the collective agreement between CUPE Local 1975 and the University of Saskatchewan, the employer is prohibited from contracting out our work as a result of layoffs.  We believe the incentivized exit has to provide that same assurance, and as such, we recommended adding a clause to the proposed Memorandum of Agreement which would provide us assurance that contracting out would not be a result of the incentivized exit Memorandum of Agreement.

The University of Saskatchewan would not agree to provide us with those assurances.  Therefore, we are left with no recourse but to reject the proposed Memorandum of Agreement at this time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the office at 306.966.7015.

In solidarity,

Craig Hannah, President CUPE 1975




The Union has begun Interest Based Bargaining with the Employer.

Meetings will take place Thursday May 11th and 12th.

Saskatchewan 2017 CUPE Summer School

cupe1975Schools Conventions & Workshop

The Education Committee will be sending up to 8 members to the CUPE Summer School on May 14 – 19, 2017 in Waskesiu.

Below is the link for the Brochue which you can look at courses offered.


Attached is the form needed to apply to the Union to take this course.  If you are interested fill out the form andsubmit to the union office no later than April 13, 2017 – 4:00 pm


Prairie School For Union Women -June 11-15, 2017

cupe1975Schools Conventions & Workshop


The Union will be sending delegates to the Prairie School for Union Women.

Up to eight (8) members will be sent to this school .  Deadline to submit name is March 14, 2017

You must fill out the application form listed below and submit this to the Union office – Room 21 McLean hall prior to March 14th, 2017.