Representing Sessional Lecturers at the University of Saskatchewan

We are the University of Saskatchewan Sessional Lecturers’ Union. Through collective bargaining, we strive to provide our members with the fair wages and working conditions they deserve. Our members never stop working for their students, and we never stop advocating for their rights. Fair representation for sessional lecturers improves quality of education for our students and strengthens our University community.

Results of Ratification Vote

On September 2nd, 2020, CUPE 3287’s membership voted, decisively but not overwhelmingly, to accept the University’s proposed Offer to Settle. That Offer includes:

  1. A 2% increase to all stipend levels, effective September 1, 2020
  2. Temporary (but renewable) changes to the terms of reference of our Academic Participation/Professional Development Fund that would allow for grants supporting remote instruction, including the purchase of supplies, hardware, software, and services.
  3. Extension of the maintenance period for Right of First Refusal (Article 16.06) for one year or portion thereof, subsequent to May 1, 2020, while the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic remains in place.
  4. Extension of the qualifying period for Right of First Refusal (14.01, 14.02) for one year or portion thereof, subsequent to May 1, 2020, while the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic remains in place.
  5. An agreement that student teaching evaluations will not be considered in connection with regular review or discipline (14.09, 18, 19) except at the request of the Sessional Lecturer affected while the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic remains in place.
  6. A commitment on the part of both parties to enter into discussions geared toward developing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on online facilitation/instruction.
  7. A commitment on the part of both parties to commence negotiations for our next Collective Agreement within six months prior to the expiration the current Agreement.

All other terms and conditions of our currently expired Collective Agreement will remain the same (although, as item 7 above indicates, we will be back at the bargaining table relatively soon).

Update (October 6, 2020):  Today the University Board of Governors voted to ratify the agreement described above. According to U of S Labour Relations, the 2% stipend increase should be included in members’ pay effective October 15th and the accumulated pay increase retroactive to September should included on your October 30th paycheque.

COVID-19’s Impact on CUPE 3287 Operations

The Union office in McLean Hall Room 35 will not be regularly staffed beginning Monday, March 16th and continuing until further notice.

However, members of the Executive will continue to monitor and to respond to email communications and voice mail left on our office phone line (306-966-7023). If you have any questions or concerns, especially regarding the University’s evolving policies in connection with the COVID-19 situation, please do not hesitate to contact the Union. Since we are learning about the University’s responses only as they become available, we may not have all the answers, but we are monitoring the situation carefully and will do our best to help.

CUPE SK: COVID-19 Updates for CUPE Locals

U of S COVID-19 Updates


Frequently Asked Questions

Did you know that, as a U of S sessional lecturer and member of CUPE 3287:

  • You have a union that will support you if you have job related problems?
  • You can apply for on-campus parking through your union?
  • You can apply for professional development funding to attend a conference or for other projects related to your teaching practice or academic research?
  • You can apply for a tuition waiver to take a course at the U of S
  • You are eligible for health and dental benefits?
  • You can apply for a Right of First Refusal if you have taught a course 3 times or more in a four year period?
  • You have the opportunity to serve as a member on a university or union committee?
  • You may be eligible for Employment Insurance benefits if you are not teaching in a given term or during the spring and summer session?
  • You are invited to social occasions throughout the year where you can meet other sessional lecturers?