CUPE 59 Election – NOMINATION FORMS

TO ALL MEMBERS OF CUPE LOCAL 59:

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CUPE Local 59 will be holding the Election on THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020 via ON-LINE VOTING. 

More information to follow regarding on-line voting procedures.

For those members who don’t have access to a computer, please contact our office to make alternate arrangements.

The nomination form – Nomination Form 2020 must be returned (by email or in person) to the Union Office by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020.

The following positions are up for re-election:

President
Secretary-Treasurer
Area Vice President, FS – Corporate Financial Services
Area Vice President, Transportation & Utilities/Clerks & Solicitors
Area Vice President, Boards & CY Parks
Trustee Position (3 year term)

Note:  All positions are for a 2 year term unless stated otherwise

The City of Saskatoon’s organizational structure was re-aligned in the fall of 2013.  The new structure does not totally align with respect to some of the current Area Vice Presidents’ roles.   As a reminder for the Area Vice President positions, you must work in the area in which you are submitting a nomination form, and only people working in, for example, Corporate Financial Services can vote for the Area Vice President of Corporate Financial Services.  Voting will follow the organizational structure prior to the re-alignment.

Completed nomination forms need to be returned to

the Union Office by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020.

Signed forms can either be returned by email to cupe59@sasktel.net OR

In person at the Union Office (call 306-652-6963 to arrange a drop-off time)

In Solidarity,
Judy Krause and Nils Sundby
Election Co-chairs
CUPE Local 59

ACE COVID-19 Communication

TO ALL MEMBERS OF CUPE LOCAL 59:

Your Association of Civic Employees (ACE) understands that we are in a state of constant uncertainty in the face of the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

Workers and our families are at risk of contamination and illness. Children no longer have school, which introduces childcare challenges. There is a potential for our employment status to be affected at some point in the future.

These factors have launched us into unchartered territory and imposed constant flux in our daily lives.

In times like these, we all would like some clarity as soon as possible.  However, that doesn’t always happen as fast as we would like.

While we may not be able to control many aspects of our current world, we would like to take this time to assure you that your respective unions and ACE are working hard to minimize the impact the pandemic is having on your employment.

Each union affiliated to ACE operates as its own entity. We lobby for civic change and advocate for issues that affect our respective bargaining units.  Together, we collectively form the Association of Civic Employees.

We have recently welcomed the Exempt Staff Association (ESA) and the Saskatoon Civic Middle Management Association (SCMMA) to our table. Currently the ACE affiliates include CUPE Local 59, CUPE Local 859, CUPE Local 47, CUPE Local 2669, IBEW 318, IATSE 300, ATU 615, IAFF 80 and SPA.

The ACE Board & Executive are meeting regularly to discuss and try to produce positive change within your work environment.

Most recently, we have engaged in a very open communication session with the City Manager about the impacts to the workforce the pandemic has created.

We want to let you know that you can expect further communication from ACE.

We will work with our employer through these challenging times in an effort to reduce the impact on the City of Saskatoon’s most vital resource, its employees.

 

APRIL AREA MEETINGS

Postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In Solidarity,

Executive Committee
CUPE Local 59

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Notices are also posted under News at www.cupe59.ca

April Area Meetings

TO ALL CUPE LOCAL 59 MEMBERS:

Please find attached the schedule for our April 2020 Area Meetings.    April 2020 First Quarter Area Meetings

If you cannot attend your Area Meeting, feel free to attend at another location.

Email Distribution List:

Members requesting to be added/removed from our distribution list, please contact IT Support to have a ticket created.

In Solidarity,
Executive Committee
CUPE Local 59

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2019 – 2023 Contract Ratification

TO ALL MEMBERS OF CUPE LOCAL 59:

The CUPE Local 59 membership has ratified its new Collective Agreement for January 1, 2019 – June 30, 2023.

On February 24, 2020 City Council ratified the CUPE Local 59 Collective Agreement.

The Employer will be working towards calculating retro pay and adjusting salary schedules for approximately 2100 members of CUPE Local 59.  The Employer has indicated that this may be completed by approximately the end of April, 2020.

The Executive Committee will keep you up-to-date on this matter.

New Office Address:

Please note our new office address:  106 33rd Street East, Saskatoon, SK  S7K 0S2.

Email Distribution List:

Members requesting to be added/removed from our distribution list, please contact IT Support to have a ticket created.

In Solidarity,

Executive Committee

CUPE Local 59

Ratification Package – February 4, 2020

TO ALL MEMBERS OF CUPE LOCAL 59:

The following are the official ratification results held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 as reported by the Ratification Committee:

Start Ballots – 600
Unused – 291
For – 243
Against – 60
Spoiled – 6

CUPE Local 59 membership has ratified its new Collective Agreement (January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2023).  Please find attached the ratification package – it will also be posted on the CUPE 59 website at www.cupe59.ca.

On February 24th, a report will go to City Council for their approval.

In Solidarity,

Executive Committee

CUPE Local 59

 

Ratified Collective Agreement

 

Tentative Bargaining Agreement Reached

TO ALL MEMBERS OF CUPE LOCAL 59:

This is to advise all members that a tentative Bargaining Agreement (January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2023) has been reached with the Employer.

A Ratification Meeting will be held on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020 at Army Navy & Airforce Veterans Club (359 – 1st Avenue North – basement) commencing at 7:00 p.m.  Members will have until 9:00 p.m. to cast their ballot.

DETAILS of the settlement will be released at the Ratification Meeting on February 4th.

There is NO provision in CUPE Local 59 Bylaws for advanced polling or proxy vote.

If the Contract is ratified by CUPE Local 59, it would then go to City Council for approval.

 In Solidarity,

Executive Committee

CUPE Local 59

NOTICE OF RATIFICATION February 4, 2020

Leisure Passes and Medical Leave Pilot update

TO ALL MEMBERS OF CUPE LOCAL 59:

Bargaining

CUPE 59 and the City of Saskatoon have continued bargaining into December, 2019.  At our session on December 18, 2019, CUPE 59 requested an extension to the Leisure Pass subsidy while the parties continue to bargain.  The City has agreed to extend the Leisure Pass subsidy for a period of three (3) months from January 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020.  This program will now end on March 31, 2020 or upon reaching our next tentative agreement, whichever comes first.  Please see attached information.

Secretary-Treasurer Position

Stacy Sokalofsky has taken a new position outside of CUPE Local 59 as of December 31, 2019.  Stacy has been on the CUPE 59 Executive for more than 14 years and her knowledge and efforts have been greatly appreciated by the CUPE 59 Executive and membership.  Good luck to Stacy on her future endeavors!  The Executive Board presented an interim plan to the Trustees’ to have two existing board members co-manage the duties of the Secretary-Treasurer position until an election is held (June 4, 2020).   Thank you to Jeff Boone and Sharon Schaefer for taking on the Acting Secretary-Treasurer position.

New Office

Our CUPE 59 office will be up and running out of the new location (106 33rd Street East) as of February 17, 2020.

In Solidarity,

CUPE 59 Executive Committee

Leisure Passes and Medical Leave Pilot

UPDATE Leisure Pass Subsidy and Medical Leave Pilot

TO ALL MEMBERS OF CUPE LOCAL 59:

CUPE 59 and the City of Saskatoon have continued bargaining into December, 2019.  At our session on December 18, 2019, CUPE 59 requested an extension to the Leisure Pass subsidy while the parties continue to bargain.  The City has agreed to extend the Leisure Pass subsidy for a period of three (3) months from January 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020.  This program will now end on March 31, 2020 or upon reaching our next tentative agreement, whichever comes first.

CUPE 59 also requested an extension to the Medical Leave Pilot while the parties continue to bargain. The City is prepared to extend the Medical Leave Pilot for a period of three (3) months from January 1, 2020 until March 31, 2020. The conditions remain the same with the exception that the benefit is pro-rated for the period of three months. All other eligibilities will remain the same. Any eligible employee who is unable to schedule a medical appointment outside of their scheduled work time, shall be granted time off with pay. For the term of this extension, such time off with pay shall not exceed a total of:

Two (2) hours of accumulated sick leave credits for full-time employees. One (1) hours of accumulated sick leave credits for part-time and seasonal employees.

Employees that have not taken the full entitlement under the original pilot and first extension can combine the time remaining to the new additional hours.

This program will end on March 31, 2020 or upon reaching our next tentative agreement, whichever comes first.

If you have any questions, please contact the CUPE 59 office at cupe59@sasktel.net.

In Solidarity,

Executive Committee

CUPE Local 59

 

Kids Christmas Party INFORMATION

TO MEMBERS THAT HAVE REGISTERED FOR THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY:

(cut-off to register was November 20th)

Please note the below restrictions from the Fieldhouse as the new track is in place:

No street shoes, food or drink will be allowed on the track.

Food/drinks will be served in the concession area.  Registration will be on the track.

If you have registered but are unable to attend, please make arrangements for a co-worker to pick-up the gift on your behalf.

See you Sunday (December 1) from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

In Solidarity,

Executive Committee

CUPE Local 59