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

Taking Charge of Change (TCC) is an intensive eight-week activist training program for young workers and youth activists (age 30 and under) who want to lead, build and organize for change. This program takes place in a participatory online learning environment. Applications are open from January 8 to 24, 2016. For more information or to register download Young Workers Online Course

Bylaw amendments tabled

The Bylaw Review Committee presented a notice of motion at the October 13, 2015 General Membership Meeting to amend the current CUPE Local 21 Constitution and Bylaws. The proposed changes, to be voted on at the November 10, 2015 General Membership Meeting, would see several amendments made to the current bylaws to ensure compliance with the CUPE National Constitution and to promote increased membership involvement, greater clarity in the selection and composition of bargaining committees and enhanced financial transparency. The proposed bylaw amendments can be viewed in their entirety in the Member Login section of this website.

Labour board grants Local 21 bargaining rights for WWTP employees

Saskatchewan’s Labour Relations Board has approved CUPE Local 21’s successorship application to continue to represent wastewater treatment plant employees. A certification order was issued August 12, 2015 that requires EPCOR Water Prairies Inc., the new public-private partnership employer of WWTP employees, to bargain collectively with CUPE Local 21.

CUPE Local 21 and EPCOR plan to start bargaining for a new collective agreement later this fall, but no dates have been confirmed yet. Earlier this year, EPCOR and Local 21 signed an “irrevocable election” to keep the in-scope supervisors at the plant within the CUPE Local 21 bargaining unit.