Bargaining Update #8
Posted 2017-Jun-21

Your issues and your support for a fair deal - Your priorities are what drive us in bargaining.

We are focusing on issues that you and your fellow members told us via your surveys are the most important for improvements at Freedom Mobile.
They include employment security, wages, fair promotion practices and fair treatment, retirement income and scheduling practices. All of these issues remain on the table and not yet resolved.

As well, management is not yet agreeing that your length of service to Freedom should count toward some fairness in scheduling and in job security.

Management is still not agreeing to reasonable union representation in terms of the number of stewards and ensuring that all members have union representation at the first step of a grievance procedure or when called into a meeting with management that might be intimidating and disciplinary. As well, Freedom is seeking other language around the rights of managers and your rights as members of our Union that is simply not acceptable in their current form.

Our union wants Freedom to continue its success. But success builds more success when it is fairly shared. Shaw has generously rewarded its shareholders and executives. Together, Shaw’s top five senior executives made nearly $37 million last year. And the Globe and Mail reported that the company’s top management team has “a wildly generous executive pension plan”.

Remember, Freedom is now a key part of Shaw’s success. Freedom Mobile has the resources for a fair first contract, one that begins to recognize your hard work and contributions to Shaw’s profits.

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