Bargaining Update #7
Posted 2017-Jun-16

NEWS ON PROGRESS TOWARD A FAIR DEAL

As you know, we were at the table straight through May 31, June 1 and 2. Initially Freedom had asked to cancel those dates given that we would soon have the conciliation officer from the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) directly involved. But we told Freedom we did not want to lose any time and that we would not agree to cancel those date. We are happy to report that Freedom agreed and that those three days were fairly productive.

We are also pleased to report that, after many requests, Freedom has given your committee some basic financial information. This means we are now able to review it to help useful proposals around wages and benefits. This is some progress.

Reaching out to the community – We had a great meeting with the Windsor and District Labour Council on June 13. The message back to us is loud and clear: the union movement here in Windsor supports a fair deal for Freedom Mobile employees.

Membership BBQ
– On Thursday June 22, from 10 am to 5 pm, we’ll he holding a BBQ for all members! It will be at 548 Windsor Avenue right opposite our workplace in the parking lot. Come on out for solidarity, for some food, a good time and for an update from your union on the state of negotiations.

Next steps:

• Conciliation dates – as you know, the CIRB has assigned a conciliation officer. He has convened meetings with us and Freedom on June 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28 and 29. That means lots of work ahead, but we are ready for it.

• We hope that bargaining on those dates will have an increasingly positive tone. We’ll work hard to make that happen.

• This legally required conciliation process is designed to help the parties come to agreement. This process tends to be very successful.

• But if Freedom opposes making reasonable changes to make your working lives better, then we may have to come to you – the members – for a possible strike vote.

• That would not mean immediately going on strike. In fact, even with a strike vote, it is our view that by law the earliest a strike or lockout could take place is 12:01 am August 16th.

• Over 95% of collective bargaining in Canada succeeds without any strike or lockout.

• But a strike vote is often very helpful to bargaining a fair deal. It sends a clear message to the company that you want a fair deal. If we decide we need your support with a strike vote, there will be leaflets and meetings to explain the process before it takes place.

Justice on the job:

Even before our first collective agreement, we are already representing your rights at work. Because you have a union, the Canada Labour Code means that through your union you are protected against unjust discipline or discharge at work. Your union has the right to file a grievance in the case of possible unjust discipline or discharge. We have already filed grievances for a number of your colleagues, so if you are concerned about what might be unjust discipline at work, please contact Bryan Adamczyk at badamczyk@usw.ca

Your continued unity and support is vital, and your union is behind you 100% across Canada.

Bryan Adamczyk (USW Staff Rep), Jenn Bucholtz, John Hockley (USW National Local Union 1944 Reps), Jay Gannon, Christian Poisson, Tanya Travis Dunn (elected committee members