Message from the President

Thank you to the members of Local 21 for using your voice, your vote, to express your confidence in me. It is a privilege to be the first female in the history of our Local to be elected president. I am humbled that you would place your faith and trust in me. This is a responsibility that I do not take lightly, and will endeavor to represent you with the utmost transparency and boldness.

I would like to thank the sisters and brothers who also put their names forward during this election process to represent the members of this Local. To the many friends and volunteers who worked tirelessly to help us achieve this accomplishment, thank you for your unending support.

Remaining committed to continue the work of those who came before me. Maintaining and improving current working relationships is just one of many key components in providing representation and opportunities for our members that are conducive in decisions being sustainable, defendable and in the best interests of the majority of our members.

Moving forward, while providing opportunities for our members, your elected executive looks forward to continuing their work and ensuring the integrity in all processes is maintained in a fair manner.

Congratulations to Brother Jason Banin and welcome to Brother Greg Clarkson to the Local 21 executive table.

Please feel free to contact me at the office, (306) 352-8282, or email at:

Maria Kotestas


Bereavement Leave Language within the CBA

Effective January 1, 2018:     Bereavement Leave    When there is a death in an employee’s immediate family, the employee shall be granted up to 40 consecutive working hours of bereavement leave with pay. Immediate family shall mean spouse, child, mother, father, legal guardian, sister, brother or equivalent step relationship.    When there is a death in an employee’s extended family, the employee shall be granted up to 24 consecutive working hours of bereavement leave with pay. Extended family shall mean mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, common-law spouse’s extended family or equivalent step relationship.    Employees who suffer the death of a close friend may be granted up to one day at the approval of the Director of the Department.

For funerals held outside of the City, an additional eight (8) hours of paid bereavement leave may be granted at the approval of the Director of the Department.

Notwithstanding the above, an employee may utilize up to 16 hours of bereavement leave set out in, and to be taken within one (1) year following the initial leave, for deferred ceremonies at the approval of the Director of the Department.

Health Spending Account (HSA)

15.1.1. The City of Regina shall provide an Employer funded plan for all eligible employees. Having joined the plan, an employee may not withdraw from the plan.  
5.1.2. Effective January 1, 2017, the City of Regina shall provide a Health Spending Account for all employees covered by the medical plan in the amount of $100 per year subject to the guidelines of the Plan.
15.1.3. Effective January 1, 2018, the City of Regina shall provide a Health Spending Account for all employees covered by the medical plan in the amount of $200 per year subject to the guidelines of the Plan.

New Rate Increases

Communication Update:

  • New pay rates will be visible within EmpCenter on March 19, 2017.
  • Retro will be paid on the April 7, 2017 pay date.

If you have any questions or concerns; please contact the union office at: 306-352-8282.


Town of Taber takes over water and sewage services from EPCOR

Taber Town Council has decided to end its 20-year utilities contract with EPCOR just nine (9) years into the agreement. EPCOR was under contract to provide Taber with its water and sewage services.

The move to end the working relationship comes after the company proposed to increase utility rates by 68%.

All 10 EPCOR employees will now work for the Town of Taber to ease the transition.

“We brought the employees in-house,” Town of Taber CAO Cory Armfelt said. “There are certain savings we will see by not going to a third party, and we will be able to provide the same service that EPCOR has done.”

“It’s closer to home, it’s more hands-on (now),” Taber Mayor Henk De Vlieger said. “We have our own departments in place that have the knowledge to deal with this and I think the hands-on approach will benefit the town.”

Details about how the contract was broken were not released, however, both the town and EPCOR said the move wouldn’t result in any penalties or buyouts. The town also said there will be no utility increases for this year.

In a recent release, The Town of Taber expressed gratitude for all of the work EPCOR did in the community since the initial agreement was signed in 2008. The company financed a number of large infrastructure projects, including a wastewater treatment facility and the North Storm Pump Station.

City reaches tentative agreement with CUPE 21

Published on: January 31, 2017

Leader Post

CUPE 21, which represents outside city workers, finally reached a tentative agreement with the City of Regina on Monday night. The agreement, which was approved by council, will see a general wage increase of 1.9 per cent per year from 2016 to 2018. “It is good news,” Mayor Michael Fougere said. “It is always good news when you have a collective agreement. It is good news for everyone who pays taxes and uses services in our community.”

The previous collective bargaining agreement between the city and CUPE 21 expired on Dec. 31, 2015. Notice was served to commence collective bargaining two months prior on Oct. 1. Three weeks later, the elected officials for the union were cleared from their positions. Such a move is only done in an emergency and in the best interest of the local and its members.

Bargaining officially commenced on March 29, 2016.

“Both the union and our administration did a very fine job negotiating and brought in an agreement that is fair for both sides,” Coun. Bob Hawkins said. “This agreement will improve working conditions and promote good relations with our employees.”

Along with the wage increase, there will be a new management’s right clause that will recognize the rights of management to direct the workforce. In addition, there will be a health spending account for eligible employees currently covered by the medical plan to the amount of $100 in 2017 and $200 in 2018 and beyond.

There will be a minor enhancement to the bathing suit allowance for lifeguards, paid medicals for employees whose job descriptions require Class 1A or Class 3A licences and language for what is permissible to be posted on union notice boards.

Over the course of the three years of the agreement, the total cost to the city will be $6.9 million. “It is a good news story,” Hawkins said. “It is a fair agreement for the city, the taxpayers, and especially the workers.” Coun. Barbara Young felt that the agreement helped to build a strong relationship between the city and its workers.

“One of the most important things in this is that we made progress building a positive relationship,” she said. “Kudos to everyone who sat down at the table.”

Coun. Mike O’Donnell also praised the work of the city and the union.

“This is about the relationship with the people who work with us and the relationship with the people who work with the people of Regina,” O’Donnell said. “We make sure our staff are looked after and treated well.”