$2.9-million Lewvan Drive construction complete

REGINA LEADER-POST

A commuter bottleneck that plagued many motorists this spring and summer is no more, with the City of Regina officially lauding the completion of the Lewvan Drive Project on Tuesday.

The project saw a $2.9-million investment in concrete and paving work between 11th Avenue and 1st Avenue.

“Motorists will now enjoy the improved driving experience along Lewvan Drive,” said a news release issued by the city. “As a result of the close collaboration between the private contractor and the city’s work crews, we were able to improve this stretch of Lewvan Drive which sees 33,000 to 45,000 motorists each day. This work will improve the daily commute for over a decade to come,” Mayor Michael Fougere said in the release.

The work on Lewvan Drive was done on time and on budget by a combination of city crews and private contractors.

“It’s important for us to complete timely maintenance and renewal on our major arterial roads, and we thank drivers for their patience and understanding,” added Kim Onrait, the city’s executive director of citizen services.

Starting in June to help with traffic flow, the city piloted a lane reversal system, switching the direction of some lanes at peak times of the day.

“Regina is the first municipality in Canada to use lane reversals in a temporary construction zone,” said Fougere. He said the city will be looking closely at this method of traffic control for road construction work in the future.

The City of Regina is investing $89.3M into roadways and infrastructure projects this year.

LRB Ruling

LRB File #092-17

Hello everyone:

As you may or may not know Local 21 has recently been found to have breached the Saskatchewan Employment Act’s duty of fair representation. This award stems from a decision the Local made not to advance a grievance to arbitration at the end of 2016. The applicant made three (3) submissions, all of which were unfounded.

However, beyond the submission of the applicant, the Labour Relations Board (LRB) ruled that we did breach the Act, specifically pertaining to our appeal process. The appeal process we had utilized was established during our CUPE administration period.

The LRB found that a committee should not make the decision on its own decision and that we must have separate board members involved in the appeal. As we erred in process not logic, Local 21 accepts the ruling, will not be pursuing judicial review, and has changed our process for appeals to ensure conformity.

The LRB has made a declaratory order to post this award in a conspicuous place which “serves as an affirmation for the applicant, and is instructive for the Union” which we will take in kind.

Time was taken to post this award on all listed local 21 boards. We encourage everyone to read the award in its entirety but please put it back on the board. We also encourage the membership to contact the Local 21 Union office if there is one missing on your Union board or if your area does not have a board.

We are going to use this opportunity to strengthen our current processes and ensure we meet our obligation of fair representation.

As always, Local 21 will endeavour to provide consistent and fair representation for all of our members.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Union office via email or phone.

In solidarity,

Local 21

 

WorkSafe – Back & Shoulder Injury Prevention

Due to the nature of the job, it’s often difficult to avoid certain repetitive motions. However, it is still important that workers practice safe lifting and handling in order to protect their back and shoulders from injury. Protect against back injury by:

  • avoid lifting above shoulder height (this puts extra strain on your shoulders and back)
  • don’t try to catch falling objects
  • whenever possible, push rather than pull (pushing allows you to keep a normal back position and puts less strain on the back)
  • avoid excessive forceful movements – Ask: is there a tool you could use instead of your body?

Practicing safe lifting habits can protect your back and shoulders from many injuries:

  • use mechanical lifting aids where possible / employ a team lift.

If you must lift alone, use safe personal lifting practices:

  • size up your load before lifting
  • make sure your intended path is clear
  • get help if needed
  • use a dolly or other lifting aids whenever possible
  • get as close to the load as possible
  • avoid twisting from the waist while lifting
  • use a wide and well-balanced stance while lifting
  • tighten your stomach muscles as you start the lift
  • keep your lower back curved and lift with your legs
  • pick up your feet to turn – do not twist
  • lower the load with your legs while maintaining a normal back curve (lowering loads can injure your back just as easily as lifting)

WorkSafe – Back & Shoulder Injury Prevention

Ratification / Collective Agreement

During two (2) scheduled meetings held on 25 February 2019 (12:00 noon & 5:00 pm), members present discussed, voted and accepted the negotiated memorandum of agreement reached between your Local 21 negotiating committee and the City of Regina. 

Thank you to the members who took part in this process.

For future communications such as meeting notices, periodic updates, upcoming functions, events and action alerts visit local21.ca … and through our new Local 21 App now available for download on the front page of this website.

If you have any questions, please contact the union office at (306) 352-8282 or email: cupe.local21@sasktel.net