Wed, 19 Sep 2018
I hope that everyone had a great summer.
It has been an extremely busy time for us at COPE Local 397 and I would like to recap all the hard work that has taken place.
Recently COPE Local 397 ratified two Collective Agreements. The first was with our University of Regina Faculty Association (URFA) unit. The second was with the Rural Municipality of Alexander (RM of Alexander). I would like to thank our Union Representative, Rhonda Derby, for a job well done. This could not have been accomplished without help from the members of these units that sat on the Bargaining Committee with Rhonda. Thank you to those that sat on their Bargaining Committee and those that provided input on bargaining.
We have dates set with the NDP Constituency Assistants (CA’s) in the near future. We wish our Union Representative, Cory Szczepanski, and the team all the best at the table.
COPE Local 397 held its quarterly Prairie Council Meeting on September 6 & 7, 2018 in Regina where we completed our Strategic Plan for 2019. We will be moving forward with a strong message and requests for action from the membership. Stayed tuned to see what you can do to assist us with our Strategic Plan. Our message is clear: “We Are Worth More Than –3.5%. NO to Cuts and Rollbacks!”
The Prairie Council joined the September 6th General Membership Meeting. The extended agenda items were SGI Bargaining, HUSTLE, and Membership Engagement. The ask of the membership is to make sure that the office has all your personal information including your personal cell number and home email address so that you can be keep up to date on the Local’s business.
On September 7th we discussed the business of the Local as per our agenda. Guest speaker, Carla Beck, Opposition Critic for SGI attended. The Prairie Council discussed various issues and concerns with Carla. Prior to the unfortunate Humboldt Bronco’s accident, COPE Local 397 had many concerns and issues with Recognized Authority and the rules and regulations for the trucking industry. This tragic accident has intensified our demand for change. It was good to have the discussion with Carla and the commitment to work with us. We all look forward to working with Carla and the Opposition.
We have begun our Branch Tours with SGI and look forward to meeting with all of you. To date we have visited Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw.
We will be discussing bargaining and the business of the Local. There will be time allotted for questions and concerns to be heard.
I have attached the schedule of dates that are currently booked. Stay tuned for the remainder of visits to be scheduled.
The meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. We look forward to meeting with you all.
Estevan – September 19
Meeting at the Super 8 Hotel, 134 2nd Ave., Supper provided
Weyburn – September 20
Meeting at the Ramada Hotel, 1420 Sims Ave., Supper provided
North Battleford – October 1
Meeting at Mr. Ribs, 11212 Railway Ave E, Supper provided
Meadow Lake – October 2
Meeting at the SGI Office, Supper provided
Lloydminster – October 3
Meeting at the Day Hotel and Suites, 5411 44 St,. Supper provided
Kindersley – October 4
Meeting at the Western Pizza, Highway 7 & 21, Supper provided
Yorkton – October 22
Meeting at the Gallagher Centre, 455 West Broadway St., Supper provided.
The SGI Bargaining team was invited to attend a special meeting with the President and some VP’s of SGI on September 11, 2018. This was not a bargaining meeting. This was an information meeting only. This meeting was to show the COPE Local 397 Bargaining Team the Visions and Values of the Corporation and what the future holds for SGI with the rapid growth of the Corporation. We came out of this meeting realizing that we have a long hard road ahead of us when it comes to bargaining and the restraints that the current government want to place on the backs of workers in our province. Even though we have heard in the media that the –3.5% is off the table it was clear to us in this informational meeting that the mandate is still there. The VPS’s all gave a little speech on what keeps them up at night, but the bargaining team was not asked for our input as to what keeps us up at night. The bargaining team was told, “We are not here to bargain with you.” It was clear the current Government wanted to get their message to us and that was the intent of this meeting.
For a complete update on SGI Bargaining click here
We are holding an Advanced COPE School September 25 to 27. COPE Local 397 is a diverse, progressive, member-driven organization that protects our member’s rights and empowers them to unite for better workplaces, communities and society as a whole. It has been said over and over again that the members are the most important asset to our organization. We are looking forward to working with the members in this class to provide them with the training on a diverse range of topics. We encourage you to watch the website for upcoming schools/educationals.
The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour’s 2018 Annual Convention is October 24 – 27, 2018 at Queensbury Convention Centre in Regina. COPE Local 397 has a full delegation attending this years Convention. As you may have heard, Brother Larry Hubich is retiring as President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour following the SFL Convention in October. At this time COPE Local 397 would like to thank Brother Hubich for his hard work and dedication to the labour movement and wish him well on his retirement.
Thank you to the office staff, elected officers and the membership – the work that you do is valued and appreciated! I look forward to continuing to work hard with the elected officers, committees and members of COPE Local 397 to make change in our workplaces and in our Province!
Together We Are Stronger!