About Us

About Us

CUPE Local 1975 represents over 2,000 workers at the University of Saskatchewan in a variety of different jobs. This includes workers in clerical services, food services, applied scientific services, facilities and operations, maintenance, library, customer service, security, and trades. We also represent student workers such as casual Facilities and Program Assistants (FAPA).

Executive Board

The Executive Board comprises all officers except the Trustees and the Sergeant-at-Arms. The board meets regularly throughout the year (except for July and August), and is charged with doing the work delegated to it by the local. The President chairs all executive meetings. Members of the board are also responsible for the proper and effective functioning of all committees, and all serve as shop stewards.

Meetings with executive members must be arranged through the union office by emailing office@cupe1975.com or by phoning (306) 966-7015.

Membership

Any member of CUPE 1975 in good standing may allow their name to stand for election as a Table Officer or area representative, or may volunteer to join a committee. Elections occur every fall, as laid out in Article 13 of the bylaws. On even numbered years, the President, Second Vice-President and Recording Secretary are elected for a two year term. On odd numbered years, the First Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer are elected for a two year term. Executive Members-at-large are elected annually. Committee membership appointments are made annually in January.

Current Executive Board

Table Officers

Table Officers are elected by the membership. Their responsibilities and accountabilities are laid out in Article 9 of the bylaws.

Ryan Klassen
First Vice-President
rklassen@cupe1975.com

Natalie Laing
Second Vice-President (on leave)
nlaing@cupe1975.com

Extended Executive

The chair of the Grievance Committee and the Members-at-large are also part of the Executive Board. Members-at-large are elected by the voting units of which they are a member. They hold one voting meeting per year within their unit.

Braden Pound
Maintenance – Trades, Steam Plant, Kinesiology Representative
bpound@cupe1975.com

Cindy Toy
Technicians, Security, Stores Representative
ctoy@cupe1975.com

Trevor Christopher
Herdsmen, Horticulture and Grounds Representative
tchristopher@cupe1975.com

Alan Bohle
Caretaker/BST Representative
abohle@cupe1975.com

Lara O’Grady
Library, Archives Representative
logrady@cupe1975.com

Sam Riendeau
Student Employee Representative
sriendeau@cupe1975.com

Linda Riopel
Clerical Representative
lriopel@cupe1975.com

Erwin Marbella
Caretaker/BST Representative
emarbella@cupe1975.com

Dylan Powell
Technicians, Security, Stores Representative
dpowell@cupe1975.com

Donna Smandych
Clerical Representative
dsmandych@cupe1975.com

Bryan Froggett
USSU Staff Representative

Vacant Member-at-Large Positions in 2021
  • 2 of 4 clerical representatives
  • 1 residence and food services representative
  • 1 Prairie Swine Centre representative
Other Officers, Stewards, and Chairpersons
(not Executive Board)
Sergeant-at-Arms
  • Jeff Van De Voord
Trustees
  • Shelley Armbruster
  • Mimma Messina
  • Jaime Provo
Shop Stewards

Standing and Joint Union/Employer Committees

Information about committees is available in Article 16 of the union bylaws. Members who are interested in serving on a committee can submit a request to the Executive Board outlining their interest. All appointments will be made in January and will be for a one (1) year period.

Grievance Committee
  • Leanne Ooms (Chair)
  • Bob Jones
  • Ryan Klassen
  • Erwin Marbella
  • Donna Smandych
Annual Position Review Committee (Joint)
  • Bob Jones
  • Ryan Klassen
  • Natalie Laing
  • Sherri Duggan
  • Trevor Christopher
Bursary Committee
  • Bob Jones
  • Cindy Toy
  • Lara O’Grady
Communications Committee
  • Lara O’Grady (Co-Chair)
  • Sam Riendeau (Co-Chair)
  • Bob Jones
  • Amy St-Jacques
  • Beth Matheson
  • Heather Richinski (Admin Assistant)
Education Committee
  • Ryan Klassen (Chair)
  • Jeff Theis
  • Sherri Duggan
  • Erwin Marbella
  • Alan Bohle
Employee Assistance Program (Joint)
  • Cindy Toy
  • Lisa Shiffman (alternate)
Grievance Appeal Committee
  • Cindy Toy
  • Jeff Theis
  • Sherri Duggan
Membership Assistance Committee
  • Jeff Theis
  • Ryan Klassen
  • Sherri Duggan
  • Donna Smandych
Non-Academic Pensions Benefits Committee
  • Bob Jones
  • Jeff Theis
  • Natalie Laing
Occupational Health & Safety Committee (Joint)
  • Cindy Toy (chair)
  • Donna Smandych
  • Bob Jones
  • Anna Thompson
  • Cindy Thomson
President’s Service Awards Committee (Joint)
  • Linda Riopel
Retirement and Long Service Social
  • Heather Richinski (Admin Assistant)
Social Committee
  • Bob Jones
  • Shelley Hurley
  • Ryan Klassen
  • Donna Smandych
  • Erwin Marbella
  • Natalie Laing
Strike Appeal Committee
  • Executive board, as per bylaws
Women’s Committee
  • Gail Lasiuk
  • Lisa Shiffman
  • Donna Smandych
  • Cindy Toy

Negotiating Committee

The Negotiating Committee is a special ad-hoc committee that is established at least two months prior to the expiry of the Local’s Collective Agreement and
automatically disbanded when a new Collective Agreement has been signed. The function of the Committee is to prepare collective bargaining proposals and to negotiate a collective agreement. The Committee shall consist of the President and four (4) members from and elected by the current Executive Board. The CUPE National Representative assigned to the Local shall be a non-voting member of the Committee.

2021 Negotiating Committee
  • Bob Jones
  • Ryan Klassen
  • Jeff Theis
  • Sherri Duggan
  • Erwin Marbella
  • Will Bauer (CUPE National Representative)
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