So it’s time to get back to the table and build a fair settlement
One hundred and twenty (120) ballots were cast, and the results of today’s membership vote were:
Votes to reject Freedom’s offer: 69
Votes to accept Freedom’s offer: 51
We consider this to be a strong result, given that this is a first contract situation and given the company’s attempts to convince employees to accept the offer.
So THANK YOU to every member who attended the meetings and voted, no matter whether you voted No or Yes to the offer. It has been a long day. Now, let’s move ahead together, unified.
Time to get back to the table:
• Your union has contacted Freedom’s lead negotiator to say that we are ready and willing to meet anytime, anywhere, to resume negotiations to achieve a fair collective agreement.
• Your bargaining committee is meeting tonight to go over our proposals and prepare for what we hope will be an immediate return to the bargaining table. We will be ready to bargain a mutually satisfactory and fair agreement.
Support from our union: Other USW members have our back. Over the next few days, they and other members of the public will be telling Freedom that, from a consumer point of view, it is time to return to the bargaining table. And we’ll be reaching out to other unions and supportive groups like the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress for their support.
We’ll keep you posted as things proceed in the coming days.
We are confident that, when Freedom agrees to get back to the table, a fair deal can be worked out.
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)
Questions or comments? Contact your committee members or email firstname.lastname@example.org