November 29, 2018 at 9:57 AM
Your Bargaining Committee has been at the bargaining table with the Company on several occasions to negotiate a new collective agreement. Recently, the Committee presented their monetary proposals to the Company.
Despite the progress that was made so far, the Company is unwilling to agree on a couple of contentious issues, and as a result, we have reached an impasse. The union filed for conciliation on November 27, 2018. In filing for conciliation, this may encourage the Company to come back to the bargaining table with an improved mandate to reach a tentative agreement for our members.
Your union is confident that we can achieve a fair and equitable agreement that reflects the hard work of our members. We will be resuming negotiations with the Company on December 3 & 4, 2018. The current collective agreement expired on April 26, 2018.
- Unifor files a Notice of Dispute to the Federal Minister of Labour
- Minister will appoint a Federal Conciliation Officer within 15 days
- The Conciliator will meet with Union and Employer over a 60-day period to facilitate negotiations
- The parties may agree to extend the conciliation period if negotiations are progressing
- At the end of this period, the parties enter a 21 day "cooling off period”
- Conciliator files report to the Federal Minister of Labour
- While in conciliation, the Company may not lock out employees and the Union may not go on strike
- Strike action is only ever taken as a last resort and after conditions (such as a strike vote and 72 hours advance notice) are met
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Your Bargaining Committee
David Robinson – Bargaining Chairperson
Gary Ellis – National Staff Representative
Ashley Watkins – Assistant to the President – Local 2002
For more information, please contact Ashley
Assistant to the President – Local 2002