Second stage of Local 21 election process

The position of 1st Vice-President is the only executive position still to be elected. The candidates are:

Ben Denison
Maria Kotsetas
Danita Mallory

Advance polls will be held Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at the Italian Club at 2148 Connaught Street.

Election day polls will be held on Tuesday, June 14 as follows:

6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Inside Building “D” Roadways Meeting room in the Public Works Yard at the corner of Albert St. and 6th Ave.

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Inside Building “D” in the Forestry Garage in the Parks Yard at 830 Toronto St.

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Italian Club at 2148 Connaught Street.

New report shows value in municipalities contracting in services

Back In House: Why Local Governments Are Bringing Services Home, a new report from the Columbia Institute, is about the emerging trend of remunicipalization. Services that were once outsourced are finding their way back home. Most often, they are coming home because in-house services cost less. The bottom-line premise of cost savings through outsourcing is not proving to be as advertised.

Other reasons for insourcing include better quality control, flexibility, efficiency in operations, problems with contractors, increased staff capacity, better staff morale, and better support for vulnerable citizens. When services are brought back in house, local governments re-establish community control of public service delivery.

The report examines the Canadian environment for local governments, shares 15 Canadian case studies about returning services, follows-up and reports back on two earlier studies promoting contracted out services, provides a scan of international findings, and shares some best practices and governance checkpoints for bringing services back in house. Many of the local governments examined employ CUPE members.

As part of our ongoing work to promote the value of publicly-delivered services, CUPE helped fund the production of the Columbia Institute report Back in House.

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 (acclaimed)
Steve Frankiewitz (acclaimed)
Dennis Kreklewich (acclaimed)
EXECUTIVE MEMBER-AT-LARGE (EPCOR Bargaining Unit – 1 position)

No nominations received

TRUSTEE (1-year term)

Warren Johnson (acclaimed)
 

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