University of Regina administrative, technical staff vote to strike hit the News

The union representing about 330 administrative, professional and technical employees at the University of Regina says they’ve voted to walk out.

The University of Regina Faculty Association says 85 per cent of employees have voted for a strike mandate after voluntary mediation in mid-January failed to reach a deal.

Those workers include resident managers, student advisers, recruiters and staff who co-ordinate needs for international students.

The association says outstanding issues are layoff provisions, retirement bonus eligibility and compensation.

The association says the university wants to make workers vulnerable to arbitrary layoff decisions with limited recourse to reassignment.

Negotiations between the two sides began last February.

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Mark Hancock elected national president of CUPE


Vancouver – Mark Hancock has been elected the national president of the Canadian Union of Pu
blic Employees. Over 2,100 delegates, representingCUPE locals from across the country, elected Hancock to lead Canada’s largest union. The vote took place at CUPE’s 27th biennial national convention taking place this week in Vancouver.

“I will do my best each and every day for all our members across this great country. I am so honoured to be your national president,” said Hancock to convention delegates, after being elected. Hancock, who has been president of CUPE’s British Columbia division since 2013, won on the first ballot, defeating Fred Hahn, currently president of CUPE Ontario.

“I congratulate Brother Fred for running such an energetic and exciting campaign. I look forward to working with him and all CUPE members to build our union into an even stronger voice for workers in Canada and around the world,” said Hancock.

Hancock has been a member of CUPE 498, Port Coquitlam Municipal Employees, since 1984. He succeeds Paul Moist, who is retiring after over 40 years as a CUPE member, including 12 years as national president.

“Brother Mark is a dedicated activist and a proven leader, who I have had the pleasure and honour of working with for many years. He is a tireless trade unionist who will be a strong voice for CUPE members and all Canadian workers. I’m confident CUPE and the labour movement will grow even stronger under his leadership,” said Moist.

Hancock will officially take over as national president at the adjournment of CUPE’s national convention on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

Charles Fleury was also re-elected by acclamation as national secretary-treasurer.

“I want to thank you for this privilege to serve you for another term,” said Fleury. “I’m sure together we’ll be able to take on all the challenges we face. And I will make sure that we have the financial resources to succeed.”


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Negotiations Meeting

University of Regina, CUPE 5791 Members:

We, the Executive, are sending out this note in hopes that you will be attending our next General Membership meeting on Tuesday, November, 10 at noon. We need you, and your vote, to elect our Negotiating Committee so that we can prepare to go into negotiations for our next contract.

We are interested in what our members would like to propose.

If you have any suggestions, concerns or feedback you would like us to consider,
please email: