President’s Message

Hello everyone:

This last year has been difficult for our Local, community, citizens, and most of all our Members. But, through all of this we have managed to mitigate the impacts of the issues that have arisen from this pandemic.

This would not have been possible without the hard work and support of your Executive for which I am very thankful. Furthermore, I want to thank all of you, the Members, for continuing to provide the services required to keep our city running. You are the reason life has remained functional in our city and that cannot be overstated. Thank you.

2021 will be a tough year. We will continue to face challenges during these unprecedented times but we will make it through those challenges and be stronger collectively for it.

As you know our presence in the workplace has been reduced and will likely continue that way until restrictions are lifted but I would like to take some time to list some of the items we have worked on in 2020 as a snapshot of what we have been doing.

Grievances:

We currently have forty three (43) “active” grievances and twenty eight (28) of those are from 2020. In total we have advanced fifty (50) grievances on behalf of our Members in 2020. These numbers do not include the instances where concerns were settled informally and are equal to or greater than our formal numbers.

Arbitrations:

We currently have twenty five (25) “active” arbitrations and five (5) of those are from 2020. We settled three (3) arbitrations during the pandemic through digital means.

Committees To Be Heard (CTBH):

We currently have twenty eight (28) open CTBH’s and eighteen (18) of those are from 2020. These cover topics such as operational inconsistencies, workplace culture, vacant positions, contracting out / efficiencies, corporate email accounts for staff, corporate safety, etc.

Bylaws:

We have restructured our Executive committee to be more inclusive and accountable to operating areas. These changes have been supported and adopted in spirit at our table and will come to the Membership as amendments in the New Year. Along with this has been a shift to digitizing our largely paper based operation, this will continue for some time but will be vital when it is finished.

Joint Job Evaluation (JJE):

First, JJE is not dead.

We have met as recently as two (2) weeks ago and have another meeting scheduled in early 2021. In conjunction with Local 7 we have provided the Employer with a roadmap to get this project finished and we will update the Membership when we know more.

Bargaining:

We continuously monitor trends and prepare for bargaining. Please contact us if you feel there is something we need to include in our bargaining package for the next round. It is never too early to begin preparing.

Engagement:

2020 was going to be the year of Member engagement and education. Unfortunately, the pandemic had other plans. As a reaction to this we made a budget submission to the Employer regarding corporate emails for all staff. They have accepted our proposal and will be soft launching this in 2021 in a specific department.

It is our hope this will act as an effective means of communication to our Members. Additionally, we have since purchased a Zoom account and will be holding GM meetings via this platform in the New Year.

Please email cupe.local21@sasktel.net if you wish to participate – you will need to include your name, email, and employee ID# for verification purposes.

Cross Jurisdiction Collaboration:

We continue to strengthen our relationships with our other Union partners and this will continue into 2021. They have been invaluable in presenting a unified front to the Employer and I am thankful for their work.

All in all there are too many people to name and thank for keeping this machine running so I again want to thank everyone for their hard work and commitment and end by saying that I am proud of everything we as a Union and as a Membership have done this last year and I am honoured to be a part of that.

Please have a safe, happy, and restful holiday.

Thanks,

Laird Williamson / President