Nominated candidates for second stage of Local 21 elections

The following is a list of CUPE Local 21 members who have been nominated for officer positions in the second installment of elections for the new Executive Board to be completed Tuesday, June 14, 2016. All members running for positions will be afforded the opportunity to post short candidate profiles for the upcoming elections. (Move your cursor over the candidate’s name to access the profile, if available.) Details on advance polling dates, times and locations will be posted soon.

1st VICE-PRESIDENT

Ben Denison
Maria Kotsetas
Danita Mallory

2nd VICE-PRESIDENT (Planning and Community Services Directorate)

Darren Grychowski (acclaimed)

RECORDING SECRETARY

Sherri Hartman (acclaimed)

EXECUTIVE MEMBER-AT-LARGE (3 positions)

Jason Banin
Steve Frankiewitz
Dennis Kreklewich
Christina Sitter

EXECUTIVE MEMBER-AT-LARGE (EPCOR Bargaining Unit – 1 position)

No nominations received

TRUSTEE (1-year term)

Warren Johnson
Gary Makuch

 

First stage of Local 21 elections are complete

The results of the first stage of the CUPE Local 21 election for a new Executive Board are now in. The newly-elected officers are as follows:

President
Tim Anderson

Secretary-Treasurer
Deidra Roberts

Second Vice-President (Environment and Infrastructure Directorate)
Jackie Orban (acclaimed)

Executive Members-At-Large (4 positions)
Darren Fox
Carley Makuch
Chris Szakacs
Wade Zalopski

Trustees
Carmel Mitchell (acclaimed)
Judith Bergen (acclaimed)

Polls close May 10 for the first stage of Local 21 elections

There is still time to vote in CUPE Local 21’s first-ever referendum vote to elect the first set of Executive Board members.

On Tuesday, May 10, polls will be open 6:00am to 8:00am inside Crew Trailer #30083, which will be parked by the City Yard Fueling Stations at 5thAvenue & Albert Street (The crew trailer will be clearly identified.) Polls will also be open 12:00pm-1:00pm inside Building “D” in the Forestry Garage in the Parks Yard at 830 Toronto Street. Finally, polls will be 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m. at the Italian Club at 2148 Connaught Street.

Special thanks to the Balloting Committee members Doug Eklund, Warren Johnson and Susan Bleith for volunteering their time to make this referendum vote possible.

Please see below for a list of candidates and bios.

 

CUPE Local 21 reaches tentative agreement with EPCOR

The CUPE Local 21 bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement with EPCOR Water Prairies Inc. in the early morning hours of May 1, 2016. The Union and Company Bargaining Committees reviewed, discussed, revised and/or deleted every Article in the current collective agreement between the parties to develop a new first Collective Agreement specific to the Regina Wastewater Treatment Plant employees and EPCOR Operations. The ratification vote will take place Tuesday, May 10. No details of the tentative agreement will be released until the agreement is ratified.

CUPE Local 21-EPCOR Water Prairies Inc. Bargaining Update (May 4, 2016)

Nominated Local 21 candidates

The following is a list of CUPE Local 21 members who have been nominated for officer positions in the first installment of elections for the new Executive Board. All members running for positions will be afforded the opportunity to post short candidate profiles for the upcoming elections. (Move your cursor over the candidate’s name to access the profile, if available)

PRESIDENT

Tim Anderson

Ben Denison

Gary Makuch


2nd VICE-PRESIDENT (Environmental & Insfrastructure Directorate)

Jackie Orban – Acclaimed


SECRETARY-TREASURER

Hugh Bigler

Deidra Roberts

EXECUTIVE MEMBER AT-LARGE (4 positions)

Tony Dagenais

Gord Daymund

Darren Fox

Maria Kotsetas

Carley Makuch

Perry Ouellette

Christina Sitter

Chris Szakacs

Wade Zalopski

May Executive Elections

Advance polls will be available May 4 & 5, 2016 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.
Advance polls will be held at the Italian Club at 2148 Connaught Street.

Election day polls will be on May 10, 2016. Polls will be open 6:00am to 8:00am inside Crew Trailer #30083, which will be parked by the City Yard Fueling Stations at 5thAvenue & Albert Street (The crew trailer will be clearly identified.) They will also be open 12:00pm-1:00pm inside Building “D” in the Forestry Garage in the Parks Yard at 830 Toronto Street. As well, polls will be 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m. at the Italian Club at 2148 Connaught Street.

Arbitration board upholds union’s right to post referendum poster

A Board of Arbitration has sided with CUPE in a dispute over a posting on a union notice board during the contentious wastewater treatment plant referendum in 2013.

Along with the community coalition Regina Watch, CUPE Local 21 was a vocal proponent of the “Yes” side during the referendum campaign. The Yes side advocated for a publicly owned and controlled wastewater treatment plant to be built through the traditional public procurement model. Regina City Council and business groups supported the “No” side, which favoured a public-private partnership or P3.

At one point in the campaign, CUPE Local 21 developed a poster to promote a Referendum Barbecue event which took place September 17, 2013. The poster also included the following text: “YES! On Sept 25 vote to Keep water public! PLEDGE TO VOTE YES: Text YES 306.988.1754.”

Shortly after the union notices were posted, managers directed that the Referendum Barbecue posters be taken down from union notice boards.

In its March 6, 2016 ruling, the Board of Arbitration rejected the City’s arguments that the collective agreement provision in question – Article 3(D) – Notice Boards – restricted union postings to neutral information related to membership meetings, social events and such.

Writing for the majority of the Board of Arbitration, Arbitrator Allen Ponak wrote, “Under article 3D, the City agrees to provide easily accessible notice boards for the ‘sole use of the Union’ for the purpose of ‘posting notices of interest to the Union.’ The language in this provision is broad and contains no express restrictions, in contrast to contracts that require management approval before a notice may be posted.”

While the arbitration ruling pointed out that CUPE Local 21 would not be able to post notices that encourage illegal action or material that was defamatory or derogatory, it found that the referendum poster did not violate any of these limitations.

The Board of Arbitration stated that “unions are not precluded from posting partisan and political messages as long as the tone is not inflammatory or derogatory.”

“In the Board’s opinion, the Union had the right to communicate with its members through workplace notice boards established for its sole use on an issue, the referendum, that it believed was of interest to its members. Accordingly, the Board concludes that the instruction by management to have the referendum posters removed violated article 3D of the collective bargaining agreement. “

Read the full arbitration ruling here – Union Notice Boards Arbitration Award – CUPE Local 21-City of Regina

Download the disputed poster here – Referendum Poster

New legislation may impact Local 21 supervisors

With pending legislative changes on the horizon, CUPE Local 21 has requested that the City of Regina enter into an agreement to keep all current supervisors within the bargaining unit.

On April 29, 2016 a new section of The Saskatchewan Employment Act comes into effect that requires that the Labour Relations Board “not include in a bargaining unit any supervisory employees.”

The legislation allows supervisory employees to create their own bargaining unit. It also allows unions and employers to make an “irrevocable election” or agreement to keep supervisory employees in their existing bargaining unit.

CUPE Local 21 has forwarded an irrevocable election agreement to the City, but the City has indicated that they are not willing to sign such an agreement. The City cites unidentified “conflicts” that may exist between supervisory and non-supervisory employees.

CUPE Local 21 believes it is in both the union’s and City of Regina’s interests to maintain the integrity of the current bargaining unit, rather than create a separate bargaining unit within the Local for supervisory employees.  These reasons include:

  • The added resources required of both parties to negotiate and administer a separate collective agreement for supervisory employees.
  • The jurisdictional disputes which will inevitably follow from having a separate supervisory bargaining unit. From the union’s perspective, this will inevitably lead to a loss of flexibility in the ability to manage and direct the workforce; and
  • The loss of industrial stability and increase in the possibility for work stoppages arising from the increase in the number of bargaining units.

To date, the City of Regina has not provided CUPE Local 21 with a list of positions which they have identified as “supervisory.” The legislation specifically excludes lead hands, team leaders and employees temporarily performing higher duties from the definition of “supervisors.”

Your union will provide updates when they are available. For more information please call the CUPE Local 21 office at 306-352-8282.

Taking Charge of Change

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