January 9, 2015 at 3:26 PM
Three productive days of bargaining commenced for the pilots of
Morningstar Air Express on Monday, January 5, 2015.
bargaining committee, consisting of Jim Bergsma (chairperson), Chad
Claringbold, Robert Douglas, Local 2002 Executive Assistant Ashley
Watkins and Unifor Director of Transportation Ron Smith presented the
union’s monetary and non-monetary proposals to the employer. Former
district chairperson Mark Lussier was also in attendance to offer his
contractual and bargaining knowledge.
In preparation for
bargaining, the committee met in October and again in December to review
the language in the current collective agreement and establish the
proposals that would be delivered to the company. Their final mandate
was directed by the membership through surveys and a well-attended
proposal meeting on October 4, 2014.
Bargaining reconvenes on
January 19 and 20, 2015.
The union will continue to keep members
updated on developments as they unfold. However, in order to protect the
integrity of negotiations, the committee cannot discuss specific details
until a tentative agreement is reached.
For more information
please contact Ashley Watkins,
Local 2002 Executive Assistant
Unifor represents approximately 60 Morningstar pilots based in
Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal who move cargo across Canada
on a contract basis for provider of domestic lift for Federal Express
Canada. The current collective agreement expires in March 2015.