September 19th – Queen’s Funeral

Greetings CUPE 1975 members,

You all should have received the information now that the University of Saskatchewan wasn’t in favor of granting Monday, Sept 19th as a holiday. Our language under Article 16.1 of our Collective Agreement states:

“Any date proclaimed as a public holiday by the provincial or federal government will be deemed to be a holiday for employees providing this does not duplicate holiday provisions above,”

The wording of this article hinges on the word “proclaim.”

We are continuing to communicate with our CUPE National Lawyer to see if we have a  valid grievance to file.

Bob Jones, President


Upcoming Ratification Meeting and Vote

UPDATE: There have been some questions and concerns from the below post. The union and the University are still working on putting the MOA together and until it is signed by both sides, we are not allowed to release ANY information about it.

It is made more difficult to get reviewed and signed with people on both sides being on vacation too. CUPE is doing the best they can and working overtime to be ready for the ratification meeting next week. Both sides are trying to have this done before the summer holiday season.

Thank you for your understanding.

Greetings CUPE 1975 members,

As many of you have heard, our Bargaining Committee has been successful in negotiating a tentative Collective Agreement with the University of Saskatchewan.  Since that point, we have been working hard on your behalf to put all the pieces together to host the ratification meeting and vote.


For this meeting to happen we are busy compiling all the agreed to Articles into a Memorandum of Agreement (“MOA”), which must be reviewed by both parties, CUPE 1975 and The University of Saskatchewan. Once that document is finalized, it will be the document that will be presented to the membership on June 28th.

We are also working on transmitting this meeting virtually via Zoom, so all the members of CUPE 1975 will have access to it. 

We have requested permission for our members to be able to attend the meeting at 2:30 pm on June 28th, and we received a message today stating that it will be a departmental choice, based on needs of the department, but that central Human Resources was encouraging departments and colleges to allow it to happen. You will need to check with your manager for approval.

As with all ratification votes, each member will have one vote. For this contract to be ratified, there would need to be acceptance of the offer from over 50 per cent of the votes.  50 percent plus one vote would ratify it.  Our Bargaining Committee and the rest of the Executive receive one vote, the same as all members.

As with any communication we send out to our members, we require permission from the University to use their USASK email system. The other ways we communicate with you is through our website, through the personal email addresses some of you have shared with us and our Facebook page. I would encourage you all to monitor our webpage leading up to our meeting for additional information when it becomes available.

We have had some challenges putting all these pieces together to have this vote prior to the summer break. We have decided to incorporate our General Membership Meeting that was to take place that day, into the first few minutes of this meeting. We are planning to stay after the meeting to answer questions, as always, and we are planning to attach the MOA into the voting document that you will receive. This will give you time to review it again after the meeting if you choose and then make your decision. 

Bob Jones, President


Mental Health Awareness Week

Hello CUPE 1975 Members,

Over these past few years, COVID really has taken a toll on people’s mental health. With lack of normalcy and change in everyday life, it can be hard to know where to turn when things get difficult.

CUPE 1975 and ASPA have partnered up with the Canadian Mental Health Association to promote resources where you and your loved ones can feel heard.

May 2nd – 8th is Mental Health week, and we would like to offer you a free presentation on Mental Health Awareness. This will be held May 5th from 3:30pm-4:30pm in Arts Room 241, presented by Heidi Fischer.

T-shirts will be available on site for purchase. Each shirt is $10.00, and all proceeds go to the Canadian Mental Health Association – Saskatoon Branch. We look forward to seeing as many people as possible wearing these t-shirts around campus to show support for mental health awareness and acceptance.

Sent on behalf of CUPE1975 & ASPA’s Joint Mental Health Committee


Happy Holidays from the President

Greetings fellow CUPE 1975 members,

Another holiday season is upon us and once again I’m left wondering where the year went.  As a local we have been engaged in bargaining for most of this year and it will carry forward into 2022.  We have determined dates for the New Year, and we will keep you posted with progress. 

We were very happy to see most of our fellow members return to their jobs with the University this fall and are hopeful that the measures taken by the University will protect our campus community from any significant COVID outbreaks going forward.  I don’t believe anyone would have thought that nearly 2 years into this pandemic, we would be where we are today.  Many of the things that COVID brought with it are requiring our Executive’s time and resources to deal with.  I’m hopeful, as many of you are, that the new year will see COVID disappear into our rear-view mirror. 

We hosted our elections in November of this year again and the Table Officer positions of 1st Vice-President and Treasurer were up.  Ryan Klassen was successful in his bid for the 1st Vice-President’s position and Jeff Theis was successful in his pursuit of the Treasurer’s position.  Both Ryan and Jeff have been involved in our local for several years and their experience will benefit our members.  We also held a by-election as Natalie Laing elected to leave the University to pursue other options.  Erwin Marbella was successful in becoming the new 2nd Vice-President, a position he has held for the past 8 months while Natalie was on a leave.  In the Area Rep positions, Dylan Powell, one of our tech reps, and Lara O’Grady, our library rep, have stepped down from their roles within our union.  Our other reps, with some encouragement, have decided to stay on and continue to do the important work of representing our members.  You can find a complete list of all our current reps and the vacant positions on our Executive by accessing our website.  Thank you to those who have stepped away from our Executive and to those of you who have chosen to stay involved.  We will be developing our committees for the New Year in January, so if any of you have any interest in joining any of our committees, reach out to us and let’s have a conversation.  A list of all the committees is on our website.

I have talked in the past about our interest in partnering with The Canadian Mental Health Association, to bring some awareness and understanding about the challenges that many individuals face, both on campus and off.  I have mentioned it to some of the other Unions on campus and I’m happy to say that ASPA has agreed to partner with us and help create some awareness and acceptance for people struggling with mental health issues.  The stats that the CMHA has shared with us this past year is that, prior to COVID, 1 in 5 Canadians, were suffering with some form of mental health issues at any one time. With the onset of COVID, that number increased to between 2 or 3 people out of 5.  I have been told that Saskatchewan trails most provinces in funding for mental health.  Our members have shared with me that getting help for themselves or their loved ones can be very challenging at best.  We are not able to write a cheque that will address all these issues.  What we can do is recognize it in others and show support to those going through it.  Mental health takes shape in many ways and forms.   The support people require differs from individual to individual.   All people benefit from a conversation with a friend or family member when they are going through a difficult time.  This may be all they need while others require more.  Often these challenges can be elevated by removing some of those things that serve to anchor us in our lives.  This can include the loss of family, a friend, or a spouse.  The holiday season can escalate those feelings of loss.  You might need a friend to talk to or be required to be the friend who listens.  Our CUPE Executive is often called upon to be the one who listens along with others when people are having trouble.  Our CUPE/ASPA partnership is planning several initiatives for 2022.  This committee has several ideas and lots of energy to put into this joint effort.  I look forward to seeing everything they have planned.  

Be kind to others.  

Happy Holidays,  

Bob Jones


CUPE 1975


Our election for President and 2nd Vice President begins tomorrow morning at 7 am! You will receive an email from Election Runner with the link for you to vote. This email will go to your usask email account. Remember to check your junk mail if you think you haven’t received it.

There will be a polling station set up in the CUPE 1975 office in McLean Hall, Rm 21 if you need assistance with logging in to vote. The election will be open until 3:30 pm on November 29, 2022 and the results will be announced at the AGM in the Health Sciences Building, RM HLTH 1B11. If you can’t attend the AGM in person, a Zoom link will go out today for you to attend online.

Elections will be held for the following positions:


  • Bob Jones
  • Gail Lasiuk

2nd Vice President:

  • Sherri Duggan
  • Cindy Toy

Forum Date and Area Rep Meetings

CUPE 1975 will be holding Election Forums for our President and 2nd Vice-President candidates. 

Each candidate will be given 5 minutes to make an opening statement and then we will open up the floor for 15 minutes for members to ask questions.  Each candidate will then have 2 minutes to make their closing statements. 

Presidents’ Forum – November 22nd from 12-12:30 pm

2nd Vice-President Forum – November 22nd from 12:30 – 1:00 pm

These forums will be held, in person, in the Roy Romanow Room in Place Riel and a Zoom link is below for those who can’t attend in person.  We encourage you to attend either way to get to know your candidates!

Cupe 1975 Host is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Candidates’ Forum

Time: Nov 22, 2022 12:00 PM Saskatchewan

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 876 0286 0083

Passcode: 372810

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We are also holding Area Rep meetings for you to be nominated or submit your name to be an Executive Member at Large.  You may also submit your name, at any time, to the office if you are unable to attend your Area Rep meeting in person.

 In the event, we have more submissions than positions, there will be an election held. 

Caretakers/BST (2 positions)  Date:      November 9, 2022
Time:       9:00 am – 10:00 am and           6:00 – 7:00 PM
Location:  Education Building, Room 141  
Maintenance – Trades, Steam Plant, Kinesiology (1 position)  Date:      November 10, 2022
Time:       12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location:  Maintenance Building, Lunch Area
Library, Archives (1 position)  Date:      November 17, 2022
Time:       3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location:  Zoom meeting  
Technicians, Security, Stores (2 positions)  Date:       November 17, 2022
Time:       12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: Veterinary Medical Centre, ROOM  2587   
Clericals (4 positions)  Date:      November 16, 2022
Time:       12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location:  Zoom meeting  

Cupe 1975 Host is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Clerical Area Reps Meeting
Time: Nov 16, 2022 12:00 PM Saskatchewan
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Residence & Food Services (1 position)  TBD
Herdsman, Horticulture and Grounds (1 position)  TBD
Prairie Swine Centre (Floral) (1 position)  TBD
USSU (1 position)  TBD
Student Employee Representative (1 position)  TBD
Trustees (2 positions)   

This table will be updated as we receive information.

Call for Area Reps!

CUPE 1975 is looking for Executive Members at Large to join our Officers.  This is your chance to get involved with the Union!  You will be trained and involved with all aspects of the work we do.  No previous experience necessary!

The following positions are available for a 1-year term:

Caretakers/BST  2 – Executives at Large
Maintenance – Trades, Steam Plant, Kinesiology  1- Executive at Large
Library, Archives  1- Executive at Large
Technicians, Security, Stores  2 – Executives at Large
Clericals  4 – Executives at Large
Residence & Food Services  1- Executive at Large
Herdsman, Horticulture and Grounds  1- Executive at Large
Students’ Union  1- Executive at Large
University Club  1- Executive at Large
Prairie Swine Centre (Floral)  1- Executive at Large
Student Employee Representative  1- Executive at Large

If you are interested in a position, please submit your name at your Area Rep meeting or to the office by November 10, 2022.

In the event, we have more submissions than positions, there will be an election held at the Area Rep meeting.  Each candidate will have the opportunity to campaign and answer questions at said meetings.

13.3 Elections for Members at Large

a) Executive Member(s) at Large nominations and elections will be held at a special Voting Unit Meeting in November prior to the AGM.

b) The meeting will be organized and chaired by the current, outgoing Member at Large for the Voting Unit, along with one (1) Table Officer.

c) The attending Table Officer will chair the election portion of the meeting.

d) In the event of a tie, a new election will be conducted within thirty (30) days at a time and location to be determined by the Attending Table Officer. No new nominations will be accepted.

This is an exciting opportunity to get involved with CUPE 1975!  We strongly encourage you to consider joining!  Reach out to the office or your current Rep with any questions you may have!

Fall Elections


Greetings CUPE 1975 members!  It’s that time of year again!  We are holding an election for our available Table Officer positions on November 29, 2022.  Please note that the election will be ENTIRELY online.  There will be no in-person voting.  Voting will be from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.  Results will be announced at the AGM following the election.

Elections will be held for the following positions:


  • Bob Jones
  • Gail Lasiuk

2nd Vice President:

  • Sherri Duggan
  • Cindy Toy

Please see their campaign posters below.

We will hold an election forum where each candidate will make an opening statement and be available to answer questions.  The forum will be in person on November 22, 2022 at 12 pm in the Roy Romanow Room.  A Zoom link will also be sent out for those who can’t attend in person.

Congratulations to the following who were elected by acclamation:

  • Erwin Marbella – Recording Secretary
  • Jeff Van de Voord -Sargeant at Arms

CUPE Winter School 2023

Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa
Moose Jaw, SK
January 29 to February 1, 2023

CUPE is excited to announce that Winter School will be held in 2023! If you would like to attend, please fill out the attached Educational Application and submit to our office by DECEMBER 16, 2023. Please contact Heather in our office if you have any questions.

On behalf of CUPE Union Education Branch please find the program brochure at the following link:

Elections 2022

CUPE 1975 will be conducting its yearly elections in November. The positions of President, 2nd Vice-President and Recording Secretary positions will be up for election. These are all two-year terms.

Anyone wishing to run for one of these positions will need to submit a nomination form, which is available at our CUPE 1975 office (Rm 21, McLean Hall) .  Please submit the completed form to our CUPE 1975 office by no later than 4 pm on Wednesday, October 26, 2022.

All the Area Reps are up for election each year and these elections will be conducted throughout the month of November, if needed. Anyone seeking additional information can contact the CUPE 1975 office at (306) 966-7015.

Bob Jones, CUPE 1975 President