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.