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

Ratification Meeting

Later today, you will be receiving some individual information from the University’s Compensation Team regarding our ratification vote tomorrow.  It will outline what compensation you will receive if this contract is ratified by the membership. This compensation comes in the form of salary increases and bonuses.  Our Negotiating Team felt strongly that all our members should be eligible for some form of compensation regardless of whether you were red-circled or not.  Red-circled is the term used for our member who are at the top of their phase and therefor are ineligible for wage increases of any type.  Currently, 30% of our membership are “red-circled”.  There is also a signing bonus included that is meant to reflect an increase for 2021 and 2022.

The email you receive today will tell you exactly how you will be compensated for the life of this contract. The email will also provide a link to another site which will show you what other improvements have been agreed to.  Our ratification meeting will happen tomorrow in Health Sciences Lecture Theater 1150 at 2:30 pm. We will be providing a Zoom link for those interested and the electronic voting will take place beginning at 5pm tomorrow (June 28th) and ending at 5pm on June 29th. The MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT (“MOA”), that you will be voting on will be attached to your voting credential. THIS WILL ENABLE YOU TO REVIEW IT BEFORE YOU VOTE

At the meeting, we will be presenting the tentative agreement, in its entirety, in the form of a power point and then we will entertain any questions from the membership afterwards. In the effort to reduce waste, we will be printing off a limited number of the MOA’s to be shared at the ratification meeting. In previous ratification votes, we would print off 700 copies. By providing this information electronically we feel that printed copies won’t be required by everyone. The MOA that you will be voting on ONLY includes any Articles that have changed in our Collective Agreement. If there are no changes to an Article, it won’t be in the MOA.  If one word changes in the MOA or the Article is renumbered for our Collective Agreement, it will appear in the MOA.

See you tomorrow.

Bob Jones, President

CUPE 1975

Rm 21, 106 McLean Hall

Saskatoon, SK  S7N 5E6




Free Hot Dog Day for Mental Health Awareness!

CUPE 1975, ASPA, and The Canadian Mental Health Association have partnered together for a campaign to end the stigma on Mental Health and promote awareness.

Please join our volunteers in the Bowl Wednesday, June 15th from 11:30am – 1:00pm for free hot dogs! First come first serve until they are gone.

T-shirts to promote mental health awareness will be for sale $10/each with the option of paying card or cash. All sales of mental health awareness t-shirts will be donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association – Saskatoon branch to support our community and union members who are struggling and need resources.

Faith Bodnar, the CMHA representative, will be at the event to show her support for our members. Donations on top of t-shirt sales are accepted.

If you or someone you know is struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out to some of the resources below.

In solidarity,

CUPE 1975 & ASPA

SFL Summer Camp

SFL Summer Camp is back in 2022 from August 5-11 at Shekinah Retreat Centre. The camp focuses on issues relevant to young people. The SFL Summer camp addresses challenges facing youth including social justice and equality issues. It combines learning with cooperative recreation activities and lots of fun!

Young people between the ages of 13-16 who are children of union members are eligible to attend.

Kindly get your registration form into the CUPE 1975 office for consideration to attend.

Retirement and Long Service Awards Banquet

We are thrilled to be able to celebrate our Honoured Retirees and Long Service Members of 2019, 2020, 2021!

Please join us for this special event if you have a milestone in one of those years!  Contact our office if you have any questions or to confirm your eligibility.  

Date:          June 16, 2022
Place:         Western Development Museum
Time:         Cocktails at 5:00 pm
                    Dinner at 6:15 pm
                  Program at 7:30 pm

RSVP by June 1, 2022

Entertainment – Comedian Kelly Taylor: approx. 9:00 pm 

Each Retiree and Long Service Award member for the years 2019-2021 will receive 2 free tickets.

Tickets are available at the office or contact Heather (306-966-7015) to make arrangements.


CUPE Saskatchewan is offering two (2) sponsorships for CUPE member youth to attend the upcoming Saskatchewan Federation of Labour’s Summer Camp on August 5 to 11, 2022, at Shekinah Retreat Centre near Waldheim, SK.

The sponsorship is intended to assist with the financial cost burden associated with camp attendance. Sponsorships are available for members of CUPE Local Unions affiliated with CUPE Saskatchewan Division who are not otherwise eligible for other subsidies that may be available through their Local Union.

SFL Summer Camp begins the afternoon of Friday, August 5 and ends the following Thursday morning on August 11, 2022. 

The camp addresses challenges facing youth including social justice and equality issues. It combines learning with cooperative recreation activities and fun. Young people between the ages of 13-16 who are children of union members are eligible to attend. Registration is $550 per camper ($650 for non-affiliates).

NOTE: All campers, counsellors and camp staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

To apply for a sponsorship, please submit an e-mail to the attention of the Secretary-Treasurer c/o Jodi Reavley at the CUPE Saskatchewan Division Office: j.reavley.cupe@sasktel.net

Upon application, please indicate:

Applications for sponsorship should be submitted to CUPE Saskatchewan by no later than May 24, 2022.  

Employment Opportunity

SDLC Summer Snack Program

Saskatoon & District Labour Council

Summer Snack Program
Application Deadline – must be received by June 1, 2022
Coordinate, prepare and serve nutritional lunches to children

Must have a current Saskatchewan Driver’s License
Must have a reliable vehicle
Must enjoy working with children
Must enjoy working outside
Must have CPIC
Must have a current or be willing to take
A Safe Food Handling course

Employment Details:
July & August
Rate of Pay – $ 13.61 per hour
Day shifts only
Weekend hours involved

Job Description:
Pick up food from suppliers
Purchase necessary food and supplies
Prepare lunch
Load food and transport to parks and other venues
Interact with children and work with volunteers
Repack food supplies
Return to base for clean up
Reorganization for next day
Co-ordinate and work closely with volunteers
Some administrative duties

If you are interested, please submit your resume to:
Saskatoon & District Labour Council
c/o Don MacDonald
325 Fairmont Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7M 5G7
by June 1, 2022

Notice of Opportunity


cc:     Registered Delegates to Convention 2022; Executive Board (Alts.); Staff

CUPE Saskatchewan is currently accepting applications from members of affiliated Local Unions to serve on the following Executive Board Alternate positions, Trustee and Standing Committees.

Applications for consideration of appointment must be received by no later than noon on Tuesday, May 16, 2022 by emailing Judy Henley at jhenley@cupe.ca.  Please advise which position you are applying for and why you are interested in becoming active in this role.

The following have one position available:  

Trustee (3 year term)  

Alternates for CUPE Saskatchewan Executive Board positions:  
Alternate for Racialized Executive member (1-year term)
Alternate for LGBTQ2+ Executive member (2-year term)
Alternate for Worker with Disability Executive member (1-year term)
Alternate for Young Worker Executive member (29 years of age or under) (2-year term)
Alternate for Boards and Agencies Sector Executive member (2-year term) Alternate for CBO Sector Executive member (2-year term)  

Standing Committee Vacancies:  
Committee Against Contracting Out and Privatization (2 positions) (2-year term) Global Justice Committee (1 position) (2-year term)
Occupational Health & Safey (1 position) (1-year term)
Young Worker (1 position) (1-year term)

Committee Against Racism & Discrimination (CARD) position as listed: LGBTQ2+ (1 position) (2-year term)
LGBTQ2+ (1 position) (1-year term)
Racialized (1 position) (1-year term)
For Alternates of the Executive Board, the first meeting you will be requested to attend is an in-person planning session on June 1st, 2022 in Saskatoon.  Otherwise, alternates to members on the Executive Board only attend Executive Board meetings when replacing Executive Board members.  

For Standing Committee members, the first in-person meeting will be held on June 6th, 2022 in Regina for the All Committees Meeting.  Committees typically hold up to four (4) meetings in a calendar year. Union leave may be required to attend such meetings. In-person meetings are held when it is considered safe to do so and all costs and expenses will be covered as per the CUPE Saskatchewan expense policy.
To be eligible for appointment, you must be a member in good standing of a CUPE Local Union affiliated to CUPE Saskatchewan Division.  

Consideration will be given to those applicants who were delegates at the most recent convention held on April 25 – 27, 2022.  

Further information on the Standing Committees can be viewed on https://sk.cupe.ca/standing-committees/  

Any member interested should email Judy Henley at jhenley@cupe.ca before noon on Tuesday, May 16, 2022.  

In solidarity,  
Judy Henley, President CUPE Saskatchewan