Bargaining Update #9
Posted 2017-Jun-28

SOME PROGRESS... BUT MORE MOVEMENT NEEDED

We were at the table with management’s bargaining team for most of last week. And we have been there since Monday of this week. The federal conciliation officer has been working with both parties in support of moving toward a settlement.

We are pleased to tell you that there was some positive movement late last week with a number of key articles being signed off.

The reason for positive movement? Your continued support for a fair deal.

The great turnout at the BBQ (over 70 members came out!!), the strong engagement in the workplace (everyone is snapping up our updates as soon as they come out) and your solidarity are key to good bargaining.

• This week we have been trying to make progress on key issues such as winning more respect for your length of service to Freedom, especially around scheduling and in job security. As well, members strongly value better retirement incomes. (Remember that the Globe and Mail reported that the company’s top management team has “a wildly generous executive pension plan”.)

• We’ll issue another update after this week’s bargaining finishes. As we head towards more bargaining dates later in July, we’ve got some exciting ideas to step things up!

And there is interesting news in today's Financial Post: “Shaw Communications profit from continuing operations more than doubles on Freedom Mobile gains” The story goes on to state that: “…profit was boosted by wireless subscriber gains even as it spent heavily to build up the business” and “…net income from continuing operations rose to $164 million, or 33 cents per share, in its third quarter, from $74 million, or 14 cents per share, a year earlier.”

http://business.financialpost.com/…/55aa8957-0009-4a30-b936

Source: Financial Post, June 28, 2017

Freedom Mobile and Shaw have the resources for a fair first contract that begins to recognize your contributions to the corporation’s profits.

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)