SASKATOON – A change to the Saskatchewan Employment Act is creating a stir at the library here in Saskatoon. As of April 29, the act moves 28 supervisors out of their union at the library.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees says it is causing a lot of uncertainty for members.
“For entry level people coming into the library that want to make the library their life’s work, they lose that possibility of moving up, because they’re will be no opportunity to become a supervisor at the library if we don’t have those (positions) in our local,” said Dolores Douglas, president of CUPE Local 2669.
According to Douglas, the library has not provided them with any rationale or details on how it will impact the supervisors and their job security, benefits and wages.
Library officials say they are exercising one of two options given to them from the act.
“Although we’re removing these 28 supervisors from their current bargaining unit, they have every right to form a new bargaining unit,” said Carol Cooley CEO of Saskatoon Public Library.
A provision in the act permits the exclusion of supervisory positions from bargaining units. CUPE says Saskatchewan is the only province in the country with such a provision in its legislation.