August 19, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Your Unifor Bargaining Committee and the employer continue with the negotiations process whereby proposals and counter proposals are being exchanged electronically.
We have confirmed August 26, 2022 as the next date to meet and continue talks. The parties will continue to meet with the assistance of Mediation/Conciliation Officer, Kim Beemer.
The conciliation period ended on August 19, 2022 and the parties are now in the 21-day mediation (cooling off period). It should be noted that the conciliation period cannot be extended.
The Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) is working with the parties to schedule a case management teleconference, with regards to the outstanding Maintenance of Activities agreement. On this call, it is expected that the parties will discuss the file and determine next steps, which may include mediation.
Once a decision has been rendered with regards to the Maintenance of Activities agreement, and at the expiration of the 21-day cooling off period, either party (following proper procedure and notice under the Canada Labour Code) will have the ability to exercise their rights: This includes either a lock out by the employer, or withholding labour in the form of a strike by the Union. These measures are the very last resort in the negotiations process.
Your committee commits and assures you that we are making every effort to negotiate in good faith with the employer and get the very best first collective agreement that we can. We are hopeful that this can be accomplished without any need for a work stoppage.
Your Unifor Bargaining Committee
Andrew Henry, Bargaining Committee Member
Denise Cochrane, Assistant to the Local 2002 President
Bruce Snow, Unifor National Transportation Director
For more information, please contact: Denise Cochrane, Assistant to Local President
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