Negotiations Update Meeting for CUPE 1975 Members


CUPE 1975 Members
Special Negotiations Update Meeting

​​​​​​​Date: Monday March 11, 2019
Time: 4:30 pm

Room:  1150 Health Sciences Lecture Theatre (next to Tim Horton’s Coffee)


Pensions Discussions/Expert Mark Janson from CUPE National in attendance
(Come out, and meet Mark Jansen, the man behind the voice at our last update meeting)
Wage discussion
Labour Board Hearings – impact on CUPE members
Questions from our Members

If you work a night shift:

  • Be sure to inform your supervisors/assistant managers
  • No need to sign in and sign out when attending the meeting
  • You must sign the attendance sheet at the meeting; and
  • Your supper break will be the same (6:00pm-6:30pm)

You MUST attend the meeting and sign the attendance record for you to be paid for your time.


Negotiations Update


Negotiations Update!

It is CUPE’s desire to achieve a collective agreement at the bargaining table.  CUPE has reached out to the University of Saskatchewan through the mediator, with a request to meet, and the employer has agreed to return to the bargaining table.  It is CUPE’s intent to have discussions with the Employer about questions and concerns they have raised through their website about our Jointly Sponsored Pension Plan proposal.  The meeting has been scheduled for  March 15, 2019.



Labour Relations Board Update


On Thursday, Feb. 28th the Labour Relations Board heard arguments from CUPE and the University regarding whether or not the U of S is an essential services employer.  The Labour Relations Board determined they needed a full hearing before they could make that determination.  Dates for the hearing have been scheduled for March 26-28.


Rally in the Bowl


A fair pension plan, reasonable wage increases.  We deserve this.
Join us in the bowl (Nobel Plaza, near the Peter McKinnon Building) at noon to show your support for your union and send a strong message to the administration:

March 19th, Noon
Nobel Plaza, the Bowl
All are welcome to join us.


A Message from your Negotiating Committee


As many of you have heard or seen over the last few hours the CBC and the Star phoenix among others have reports on our special meeting/media conference held on Tuesday at noon. Thanks again to those of you who attended and we apologise to those of you that were unable to find a spot in the room. We were unable to source a larger room and we felt that we really needed to bring this fight to the decision makers of the University, Peter Stoicheff and the Board of Governors. The first half hour focused on bringing the media up to speed on our side of the story and to hear from other unions on campus – ASPA and the Sessional Lecturers’- about their thoughts on our struggles and the common problem all unions on campus are having in dealing with this administration. We didn’t have any “new information” to share with you the members but we did field a number of questions regarding the letters many of you received with the employers spin on their previous offers. This was not a new offer and it is not one we will vote on. There were many questions in regards to the proposed wage model. We had agreed at the bargaining table to listen to their proposal in regards to a new wage model but we are far apart on accepting or agreeing to anything. As many of you would recall at our open house a month ago we pointed out that using all the “employers” data, 42 per cent of you would be limited to a 1 per cent increment “at best” in the first year of this proposal, and we know that 42 per cent would increase each year afterwards. It would not take long before we would be at over 50 per cent of our membership receiving 1 per cent or less of increment annually. Of the 42 per cent of you impacted by “The University’s” offer, we have heard from a number of you that would be placed in the top of a phase with no wage increases, through the increment model or through negotiated wage increases for years. This model is not in our best interest to accept but you can see why the University wants to implement it. IT SAVES THEM MONEY. It decreases their payroll costs, just as implementing a different pension plan would SAVE THEM MONEY. Just as a signing bonus of 1500, or 3000 dollars would SAVE THEM MONEY.  We are planning to host another Open House in March and we will present to you what the “dollar” difference will be instead of just percentages. Please follow our web page and FaceBook page for times and dates. We look forward to seeing you there and answering all your questions and concerns.

Your Negotiating Committee


Thank you!


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 Press Conference


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


Summer School – May 26-31, 2019

cupe1975Bargaining, Schools Conventions & Workshop

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 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”)