Unifor/Aeroplan File for Conciliation

Unifor/Aeroplan File for Conciliation

February 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM

After having met over several days, the Union and the Company were unable to reach an agreement and several issues are still outstanding; therefore, both parties have filed a notice of dispute with the Canadian Industrial Relations Board.
 
The conciliation process:
 
Once a Notice of Dispute is filed, the Ministry of Labour has 15 days to appoint a conciliation officer. Once appointed, the officer meets with both parties over a 60-day period to facilitate negotiations. If the parties feel they are close to reaching a resolution they may agree to extend the conciliation period. If not, the parties enter a 21-day "cooling off period" and the officer reports back to the Minister of Labour. While in conciliation, the company may not lock out the employees and the union may not go on strike. Strike action is only ever taken as a last resort and after certain conditions (such as a strike vote and 72-hours advance notice) are met.
 
Your bargaining committee is confident that we can achieve a positive agreement for our members. We are looking forward to resuming negotiations with the assistance of the conciliator. We will advise you of our meeting dates with the Federal Conciliator as soon as they become available.
 
We will continue to keep you informed with any further developments. Please ensure that you have subscribed to Unifor 2002’s e-news service at www.unifor2002.org.
 
In solidarity,
 
Your bargaining committee
 
Ross McConkey, Bargaining Committee
Vince De Sua, Bargaining Committee
Alenka Karkling, Bargaining Committee
Steve Lussier, Bargaining Committee
Josée Genois, Assistant to the Local President
Cheryl Robinson, Unifor Local 2002 President
Leslie Dias, Unifor National Staff Representative