Education support staff at the Prairie South School Division vote to strike for retirement benefits and wages

Members of CUPE Local 5512 have voted 95.7 per cent in favour of moving forward with job action, up to and including a full withdrawal of services.

“The employer is coming after a long-standing retirement benefit, pushing a wage freeze in the first two years of the agreement, and trying to divide us by offering deals that hurt some of us more than others,” said Dave Stevenson, CUPE national representative. “The message we heard from our membership was loud and clear. We are standing united against these concessions and miniscule wage offers. We deserve and demand more respect than the employer has been showing us.”

The Prairie South School Division is trying to eliminate the members’ Long Service Recognition Benefit and replace it with inferior retirement gratuity language.

“We’ve negotiated this important benefit into our contract, and taking it away would negatively impact about 142 of our members immediately. Everyone else who retires from now on after at least 14 years of service will be affected by this cut too,” said Stevenson. “The school division is also pushing a wage offer well below increases to the cost of living.

“We won’t let them divide us; we won’t let them insult us; and we won’t let them attack our retirement,” said Stevenson. “This strike vote shows that we are ready to fight for a fair collective agreement.”

Though the local has taken a strike vote, there are no current plans for job action. The bargaining committee has agreed to take the employer’s last offer back to the membership to vote on in September. The bargaining committee will be recommending that members vote to reject the offer.

CUPE Local 5512 represents approximately 422 members who work for the Prairie South School Division #210. Our support workers include bus drivers, facility operators, head facility operators, maintenance workers, education assistants I and II, administrative assistants, library assistants, library technicians, and tradespersons.

Copies of Job Applications/Bids

When sending the union a copy of your application/bid for job postings, please do the following:

  • forward a copy of the confirmation letter that you receive from mailbot@applitrack.com with the CUPE Job Posting Number (NOT the job id) in the subject line to the union recording secretary ~ rasmussen.dianne@prairiesouth.ca
  • The CUPE Job Posting Number will look like this
    • CUPE Posting Number 38-2014-2015

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Trish Mula or Dianne Rasmussen.

Thanks

CUPE Local #5512 Scholarship Information

This Scholarship is open to:

 

  • any Prairie South School Division #210 or Vanier Collegiate student whose parent or guardian is a C.U.P.E. Local #5512 member in good standing.

OR

  • a C.U.P.E. Local #5512 employee while still attending a high school in the Prairie South School Division #210.  The amount of this scholarship will be one hundred dollars ($100.00).  The scholarship candidate shall be a Grade Twelve graduate during the current school year and shall be continuing his/her education or trade at a recognized institution within the following school year.  The scholarship candidate shall have an acceptable academic standing in his/her high school year.  The scholarship candidate must be a good citizen, law abiding, and with good school conduct.Involvement in student activities, the community and volunteer organizations would be included in the selection.  Completed application forms must be returned to your school principal/guidance counselor by:
    • April 30th of the year in which applying for Rural Schools
    • May 30th of the year in which applying for Moose Jaw High Schools

Students must be enrolled in their choice of education for the first available semester in the year following graduation.

Scholarships will be presented annually.  One scholarship will be presented to each high school in the Prairie South School Division #210 and one scholarship for Vanier Collegiate, where applicable.

Forms can be obtained from the Principal or Guidance Counsellor at your son/daughter’s school.