April 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Negotiations began with CLS Catering on January 29, 2019. Since that time, your Bargaining Committee has met with the Company on eight separate occasions. The non-monetary proposals were agreed upon, unfortunately, we reached an impasse on the monetary proposals, and as a result, Unifor has filed for Provincial Mediation.
On April 10, 2019, the Company brought to the bargaining table further negative news about a new catering company starting business in Vancouver (Dnata) and the potential sale of LSG Group by Lufthansa along with the sale of HNA In-flight catering to RRJ Capitol. This information presented was to demonstrate the vulnerability of the current negotiations.
Your Bargaining Committee brought forward balanced monetary proposals that were fair and equitable for our membership. Unfortunately, the Company’s monetary proposals remain unreasonable, given the fact they have continued to grow and prosper on the backs of these workers.
WHAT IS PROVINCIAL MEDIATION?
The decision to file for mediation was not taken lightly by your Bargaining Committee. The purpose of moving to conciliation is to make this employer realize that it’s time to start moving in the direction of an agreement.
The provincial mediation process consists of filing a notice for provincial mediation to the provincial labour board followed by them appointing a mediator after receiving the notice.
Once a mediator has been appointed dates are set to resume negotiations. We have been advised that a mediator was appointed and we will continue our negotiations on April 29 and 30th and May 1st, 2019.
There is no specific timeline for reaching a tentative agreement, however, the union is confident that we will be successful with this process as was done in the last two collective agreements.
Your Bargaining Committee is committed to keeping you informed on developments as they unfold. Please ensure you have subscribed to Unifor 2002 e-news at unifor2002.org.
CLS Catering Bargaining Committee
Alan Sun District Chairperson – Bargaining Committee Representative
Nachattar Grewal – Bargaining Committee Representative
Oscar Sanchez Jr. – Bargaining Committee Representative
Amit Sood – Bargaining Committee Representative
Theresa Amicarelli - Assistant to the Local 2002 President
Sandi McManus – Unifor National Staff Representative
For more information, please contact:
Theresa Amicarelli, Assistant to the Local 2002 President
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