Talks break down at the University of Saskatchewan

Talks between the University of Saskatchewan and CUPE Local 1975 have further deteriorated after the Employer tabled a proposal to eliminate the Defined Benefit Plan and replace it with an inferior Defined Contribution or Target Benefit Plan. The local has informed the provincial Mediator that bargaining is at a standstill. “During our December bargaining dates, our bargaining committee proposed a clear compromise in the interest of ending this dispute before it escalates. Read more [...]

Nominations/Elections for Bargaining Committee

This is the call out for a special general membership meeting to be held on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 for nominations and elections of the bargaining committee members for this next round of negotiations. Our contract expires on June 30th, 2019 and to date, both the union and the university have discussed starting bargaining on many occasions. We would like to get started as quickly as possible in the new year. The mandate for this round of bargaining has already been set by several BC bargaining Read more [...]

Bargaining Survey for 2019 bargaining

Bargaining is upon us and so it’s time to reach out to the membership and ask you what are your priorities for this round of bargaining. We have been working hand in hand with CUPE National to do up a bargaining survey that will be done online via Survey Monkey. Why have we gone this route? It will be truly anonymous. Unlike the employer’s survey that stated it was anonymous, if you read the terms and conditions of taking part in the survey – which I did – it was not truly anonymous. Read more [...]

National Sectoral Meeting activities

So far at the CUPE National Sector meeting your representatives have taken in two overall plenary sessions and then today spent the majority of the time broken off with post secondary members from across Canada. Discussions were about pensions, bargaining language to seek, precarious work and what to do about it and the changing reality facing faculty and how Universities are using casual faculty. This was all on the first full day. Looking forward to the days to come. Read more [...]

Management cancelled Labour Management Meeting at last minute

For months now we have had a labour management meeting scheduled. Time was booked off from our jobs and at the last moment management cancels, saying they are too busy and need to work on other things. I wish we could report this is the first time they have done this, but it isn't. This shows a total lack of respect and contempt to our membership. It not only violates the intention of having a working relationship but also our collective agreement, where the meeting frequency is spelled out. Next Read more [...]

Quebec university workers report high levels of psychological distress

A new study shows that many employees of Quebec universities are experiencing high levels of psychological stress, a mental and emotional state characterized by depression and anxiety. The study was prepared by Professor Julie Cloutier and doctoral student Sabrina Pellerin, from the School of Management (ESG) at University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), for CUPE Quebec’s provincial university sector council. It was presented at the council’s biennial conference, whose theme this year was Read more [...]

Local 1975 votes in favour of job action over pension issues at the University of Saskatchewan

CUPE 1975 members have voted in favour of job action in a vote held on September 27th and 28th. The main sticking point in negotiations is the pension plan. The university is refusing to talk pensions at the bargaining table and is threatening to make unilateral cuts to the pension plan. The local is looking to negotiate language into their collective agreement to protect their right to continue bargaining all pension changes at the bargaining table. “Changes to the plan have historically Read more [...]