October 8, 2019 at 8:38 AM
Since negotiations began, the Bargaining Committee has met with the Company on five separate occasions. Unifor and the Company were unable to reach an agreement and as a result, have reached an impasse in the current round of negotiations. The Union has advised the Company that it will file for Federal Concililation.
While we did make progress on non-monetary items, we have unfortunately reached a stalemate with the Company, as they are not willing to monetarily recognize our members’ contribution. The current collective agreement expired on June 15, 2019.
Hopefully, this conciliation process will put pressure on the Company to take a short pause and return to the table with a more reasonable approach to negotiations so that we can reach a fair agreement for our members.
What is the Conciliation process? How does it work?
- 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.
The Bargaining Committee understands the needs and desires of the membership and we are confident a negotiated settlement can be reached.
It is important to note, that in order to protect the integrity of the negotiations process, the Committee cannot discuss specific details with the membership while in talks with the Company, we will ensure to keep you informed of any updates as they are made available. Please ensure to subscribe to enews – at www.unifor2002.org
Please don’t hesitate to contact the undersigned should you have any questions or concerns.
Your Bargaining Committee
Josée Genois – Assistant to the Local President
Marcel Rondeau – Unifor National Representative
For more information, please contact Josée
Assistant to the Local 2002 President