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 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
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 email@example.com 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”)
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.
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!
WHAT YOU CAN DO?
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
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.
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.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2019 (9:00 AM TO 11:30 AM)
ARTS TUNNEL NEXT TO TIMS
MONDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2019 (9:00 AM TO 12:00 PM)
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14TH (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)
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The Employers FAQs Page
Can employees who are a part of a bargaining unit that is taking job action still come to work?
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.
The Union’s Response
The union has addressed this on our Question of the day in December and decided to post the answer to your question again. What can the Union do to me if I cross the picket line and work?
What can the union do to me if I decide to cross the picket line and work?
In the CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) Constitution which CUPE 1975 adheres to the articles below will be put into place:
A member who does any of these acts is guilty of an offence against this Constitution. (There are 14 offences listed) The one we would be concerned with is Offence (L).
“Fails to respect the Local Union’s picket line, works for the employer during a legal strike or labour dispute or engages in any strike-breaking activity”.
If an accused is found guilty of crossing the picket line, the Trial Committee will decide any penalty and what, if anything, the accused must do or not do. The decision may include and is listed in Article B.11.1 (g)
If a member is in violation of section B.11.1 (Failing to respect a picket line), the trial process is as follows: