Abbotsford, Unit 60 Bargaining Update #1

March 9, 2017 - On Tuesday March 7th, bargaining began for TWU, USW National Local 1944 Unit 60’s Abbotsford group.

The day started with opening remarks from President Lee Riggs.

“We are hoping to conclude quickly and without acrimony reaching a fair and respectful collective agreement for our members,” said President Riggs, who also extended the support of International President Leo Gerard, Canadian National Director Ken Neumann, and all of the Canadian District Directors, to our members.

Your bargaining committee is being led by Local Union Representatives Tamara Marshall and Jennifer Bucholtz.  It includes Brothers (rank and file members) James Large, Lyle Russell, Rob Thompson and alternate committee member Kelly Hope.

Proposals were tabled today by both the union and the company, as is common we will be addressing non-monetary issues first.

Your bargaining committee tabled proposals to improve the following:  pay, retirement benefits, health and welfare benefits, scheduling, banking of time, vacation and temporary position provisions.

Both committees presented their proposals and had exploratory discussions to ensure understanding.

Bargaining is scheduled again for April 3rd and 4th with further dates to be scheduled.

We will send out additional updates once we have had a chance to flesh out the company proposals.

Should you have any questions, please contact your local Communication Action Team (CAT) member.

Thank you for showing your support for your bargaining committee.

In solidarity,

Unit 60 Bargaining Committee