Sisters and Brothers:
As you may or may not be aware, our Collective Bargaining Agreement with the City of Regina expired December 31, 2015.
During that time Local 21 was under administration by CUPE National and Dave Stevenson was appointed by CUPE National to be the administrator. Dave Stevenson and his team put together the 2016 bargaining proposals and entered into the collective agreement amendment process with the City of Regina starting, I believe in the spring of 2016.
General elections were held May 10, 2016 and a new executive was duly elected by the members of our Union. Shortly after the election Dave Stevenson and Guy Marsden (both National Representatives) were re-assigned by CUPE National and Brother Bill Cronin (former president of Local 21) was appointed acting administrator and full time Local 21 CUPE National Representative.
Administration was lifted on November 1, 2016 and your Union was returned to you the members with a functioning executive who now became your Local 21 collective bargaining committee.
Your committee entered into ongoing discussions with representatives of the City of Regina and within a timely manner the bargaining committee was able to achieve a tentative agreement on December 16, 2016.
With a tentative agreement now in place the next step in the process is to have the members review and vote on this tentative agreement, with members of Regina City Council doing the same.
We are in the process of securing a date in early January to have a ratification vote. When the details are finalized we will provide notice to the members of the date and time(s) when you can attend, review and cast your vote. Said ratification meeting, review and vote will take place at the Italian Club located at 2048 Connaught Street, again, date and time to be determined.
I look forward to presenting the details of this tentative agreement to the members. I would also like to take this opportunity on behalf of your Local 21 executive to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.
Tim Anderson, President