Northwest School Division worker wins CUPE’s provincial award for education activism.
(Meadow Lake) Denis Oulette, President of CUPE Local 4797 and employee of the Northwest School Division, has been award the CUPE Saskatchewan Education Workers Steering Committee activist award.
Oulette has been a CUPE member for 15 years, and have served as a steward, a member as the executive, and as the president of his local. He lives in Glaslyn, and works as a caretaker.
Oulette has participated in four rounds of bargaining and achieved gains for his members each one. He has spent countless hours traveling across the son the phone informing his members and making sure they understood the issues and knew the bargaining committee was there for them.
“Whether it was by handing out scholarships to the children of his members, by his impassioned representation of his members in grievance meetings or negotiations, by being an active, vocal and fierce defender of the work and rights of education employees or by meeting with politicians, Denis is a voice for workers in any arena” said Tony Head, CUPE National Servicing Representative. “These are just some of the reasons why the education workers steering committee has selected Denis Oulette as this year’s activist award recipient.”
Oulette was surprised to receive the award.
“I did not expect this. I was just trying to support my members. There are lots of members who also deserve this award,” said Oulette. “I want to thank the executive for choosing me. It is a great honor. I will continue doing what I can for our members.”