Communication Update – Letter of Understanding

For several weeks the City of Regina and the Union have been negotiating a Letter of Understanding (LOU) regarding temporary redeployment of staff due to COVID-19 similarly to other municipalities across the Province of Saskatchewan.

With the support of CUPE National and our Local Executive we have signed that agreement today (April 29, 2020).

This Letter of Understanding contains and aligns with the current language within our Collective Agreement (CA) with respect to layoff, recall, superior duty, and the current redeployment Letter of Understanding on page seventy-five (75) with one (1) notable exception – this Letter of Understanding allows for the Bargaining Unit movement of our members instead of hiring new employees from off the street.

This Letter of Understanding will remain in effect until the Public State of Emergency has been lifted, August 31, 2020, or either party serves a thirty (30) day termination notice to the other, whichever comes first.

With the decision of City Council to reduce some staffing and service levels we needed a creative solution to maintain as much meaningful work for our members as possible and in attempt to prevent layoffs while allowing flexibility in the recall process.

Without this Letter of Understanding we would have been obligated to adhere to the current language which does not benefit any member within Facilities or Recreation areas with respect to being laid off or redeployed due to the closures issued under the Provincial Public Health Order.

We ask that all members review this Letter of Understanding and contact the Union if you have any questions.

It is important to mention that a Letter of Understanding does not prevent the membership from bringing forward concerns for investigation if they feel they have been disadvantaged and we encourage all members to do so.

Furthermore, it does not hinder the Union Executive from pursuing a grievance related to this Letter of Understanding if the City of Regina violates the intent or any language within the Collective Agreement and if need be we will pursue any legitimate violation to the fullest extent.

To those who are not currently employed and are beginning to lose hope or feel that the season is slipping away from them, we want to ensure you that we are continuing to press the City of Regina to expand their scope and find meaningful, safe, and productive work for those who are still being impacted, this includes but is not limited to contracted services.

We are also eagerly waiting for a decision from City Council regarding a Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) plan and we will update the membership as soon as that information is made available.

We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who remains working and continues to provide critical services to the Citizens of Regina.

For future updates, meeting notices and alerts we ask that you visit the Local 21 website at: local21.ca

Thank you,
Local 21

LOU pdf file:

LOU – Temp. Layoff Redeploy PE – April 29, 2020