CUPE 59 Election

TO ALL MEMBERS OF CUPE LOCAL 59:

The following candidates are running in the upcoming on-line election on Thursday, June 13, 2024 for CUPE 59.

Please note:  where there is only one candidate who put in a nomination form for a position, that position is automatically acclaimed by that candidate.

President

Kevin Bowering

Christopher Davis

Stan Macala

Secretary Treasurer

Kendra Dyck – ACCLAIMED

Area Vice President – Corporate Financial Services

Paula Kalyn

Gwen Lamkin

Area Vice President – Transportation & Construction; Clerks & Solicitors; and CY-Planning & Development, Building Standards & Community Standards

Jayne Litterick – ACCLAIMED

Area Vice President – Parks, Facilities & Fleet Management

Patrick Turner – ACCLAIMED

Trustee Position (3 year term)

Raymundo Yamat

Brenda Zalenchuk

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

Candidate Newsletters

For the benefit of all candidates running in the election, as well as for the members voting, all candidates are invited to submit an article to outline their ideas and platform for the membership.  The articles will not be edited and will be distributed to the membership as written by each candidate by May 27, 2024.

Voting will take place on-line from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2024.

The voting information will be sent directly to you from Simply Vote.

If you do not have access to your email, the internet or a computer, an on-line voting station (no paper ballots) will be set-up at the CUPE 59 office (106 33rd Street East) and you must pre-register by calling 306-652-6963.

In Solidarity,

Election Committee

CUPE Local 59

CUPE 59 Collective Bargaining Update

Our current Collective Bargaining Agreement expired on June 30, 2023.

In January 2023, CUPE 59 sent a bargaining survey to all members to collect information and feedback for the next round of bargaining and approximately 710 members have completed this survey.  Our intent was to get to the bargaining table as soon as possible and use the information provided to formulate our bargaining proposals.  The CUPE 59 Executive Committee is seeking a fair, negotiated settlement that will be ratified by our membership.

Issues that were brought forward by the membership through the survey were wage increases, hours of work, working from home, improvements to vacation, compassionate leave, improved shift differential, boot allowance, retaining deferred leave and EDOs and a number of other proposals.

The CUPE 59 Bargaining Team has met with the Employer a number of times and a bargaining session is set up for May 30 and further sessions will be set up in June 2024.

Forestry Farm Fun Day

Come out and CELEBRATE
CUPE Local 59 Forestry Farm Fun Day!
Sunday June 9, 2024
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

SASKATOON FORESTRY FARM PARK & ZOO
Includes gate and zoo admission, fishing permits, and lunch

***YOU HAVE TO PRE-REGISTER TO GET INTO THE PARK***
**MUST PRE-REGISTER BEFORE MONDAY JUNE 3**

Please note: this function is open to
CUPE Local 59 members, member’s partner,
and member’s children (0-18 years old) ONLY

If you and your immediate family are planning to attend this function,
please complete the registration form
Link to registration form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QHQRTYX

Read more…

Changes to the Health & Dental Coverage

TO ALL MEMBERS OF CUPE LOCAL 59:

REMINDER: Effective January 1, 2024, the following changes to the Blue Cross benefits will be in place:

  • Lowering Extended Health Benefits para-medicals percentage coverage from 100% to 80%.
  • Adding a $5 per prescription deductible.
  • Lowering dental coverage from 85% to 80% for basic and 65% to 50% for major.

These changes are being implemented to address the plan deficit and will assist in reduced overspending.

In Solidarity,
The Blue Cross Committee

Adjustment to CUPE 59 Medical Leave Balance

During the last round of collective bargaining between the City of Saskatoon and CUPE 59, the parties agreed to run a medical leave pilot from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023. The pilot permits the use of sick leave credits to attend medical appointments that cannot be scheduled outside of regular working hours based on the rules set out in the pilot.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire on June 30, 2023 so the medical leave balance has been adjusted until June 30, 2024 to 5.0 hours for Full-Time and 2.5 hours for Part-Time/Seasonal workers.

For questions with respect to helping employees understand the impact of this change, please connect with your Time Clerks  Human Resource Business Partner (HRBP)

Blue Cross Benefit plan rate changes, effective January 1, 2022

TO ALL MEMBERS OF CUPE LOCAL 59:

REMINDER Blue Cross Benefit plan rate changes, effective January 1, 2022

The Health Spending Account (HSA) will be terminated December 31, 2021.

 All claims for allowable expenses incurred prior to the termination date (2021 receipts) will need to be submitted within 30 days following December 31, 2021 (deadline January 30, 2022).

 

RATES

Effective January 1, 2022

Single $17.00 per pay period ($34.00 per month) ($408.00 per year)
Couple $34.00 per pay period ($68.00 per month) ($816.00 per year)
Family $47.60 per pay period ($95.20 per month) ($1,142.40 per year)

If you have additional questions, please email the CUPE 59 office @ cupe59@sasktel.net for forwarding to the Blue Cross Committee members.

In Solidarity,

The Blue Cross Committee

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