Most of you will have already received an automated phone message &/or been contacted by a Picket Captain by this point.
Despite an incredible turnout and massive show of support at our rally on Tuesday, the employer doesn’t believe we are serious enough to walk out to get a fair contract.
During our meetings in Regina Wednesday, our bargaining team was in contact with the provincial Conciliator. He in turn was in contact with the Universities, to see if they were prepared to move from their unreasonable position. Unfortunately, they remain unwilling to drop their demands for concessions from our members. As such, Conciliator Doug Forseth will not reconvene the parties.
As you likely know by now, CUPE 1975 members are on strike beginning 7:00 am tomorrow (Friday) morning. We will be running 3 picket shifts (4 hours each) at several locations around the perimeter of campus. If you don’t know where you are supposed to be, you can call our strike headquarters (1012 Central Avenue) at 374-6580. They can help you locate your picket duty, or you can check in with the picket captain at the Wiggins Avenue entrance at 9:00 am.
Picket Captains should be able to answer most of your questions. Make sure when you report for picket duty or leave your shift that you sign in AND out... or you won’t receive strike pay for that shift.
Your bargaining committee and executive members will be around throughout the day, both on the picket lines and at strike headquarters, should you need to speak with any of them.