Thank you!

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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

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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
Noon-1p.m.
Room 1B11 Health Sciences Building

 

Summer School – May 26-31, 2019

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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 cupe1975@sasktel.net if you are interested in registering.
There are a limited amount of spaces available.

Brochure_Summer_School_2019

CUPE_1975_Education_Criteria_and_Application (please fill out and send to “CUPE 1975, 21 McLean Hall”)

 

“Wear CUPE” Contest

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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.

 

What Can I Do To Prevent Job Action?

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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

Speak up!

  • Contact the Board of Governors:  email:  sheena.rowan@usask.ca
  • Contact the President: peter.stoicheff@usask.ca

 

 

CUPE 1975 Members Crossing Picket Line

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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.

 

Essential Services Update

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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

 

 

QUESTION OF THE DAY – What can the union do to me if I cross the picket line and work?

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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:

Offences
B.11.1
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)

  • A reprimand
  • A fine
  • A suspension or expulsion from membership
  • A ban against holding membership or office
  • An order to stop doing the act or acts complained of
  • An order to correct the act or acts complained of
  • Any other order that the Trial Committee finds appropriate

If a member is in violation of section B.11.1 (Failing to respect a picket line), the trial process is as follows:

  • Making a complaint A member in good standing can charge a member within 90 days after the accuser became aware of the offense. Within 5 days, the recording secretary will offer the accused and the accuser a voluntary mediation process.
  • Selecting a Trial Panel and trial committee In at least 10 days, but not more than 120 days, the Local will select a trial panel of 11 members in good standing and select a trial committee. The accused and the accuser are each allowed to object to no more than 3 members of the trial committee.
  • Trial Committee Within 60 days of being selected, the trial committee will hold a private hearing and give at least 14 days written notice.  The accused and the accuser will be able to bring witnesses and cross examine witnesses on the opposing side. The committee will decide whether the accused is guilty or not by secret ballot.
  • Appeal The accused has 60 days to appeal the decision.