Negotiations - Bulletin 9
Published: February 6th 2015
| Source: TCRC West
93% voting in favour of strike
Please be advised that we have counted the ballots
returned in our request for a strike mandate. Your negotiating committee
thanks every member who voted in this matter and for the tremendous
response and support from the ballots sent out this past month. There
were 3624 ballots sent out to the membership. The ballots were counted
in Calgary, February 6th, with 93% voting in favor of strike action.
Throughout the past week, we continued to participate in the
mediation process with the assistance of FMCS. The Company has made
little movement in regards to their demands to diminish your working
As you are aware, two significant issues were
reported this week that have hampered negotiations. Namely, the Company
continues to displace bargaining unit employees in order to continue
training their Managers and they have altered the rates of pay to
trainees and the step rates. With respect to the bargaining unit
employees, we are seeking to have the CIRB award registered and enforced
by the courts. With respect to the training and step rates, the Company
has committed to adhering to the collective agreement.
during the past week, all Local Chairman, Division Presidents and
Secretary Treasures were given several documents regarding the
preparations necessary in the event a strike or lockout occurs on
February 15. While we are committed to negotiating collective
agreements, we must move forward to make the arrangements for a work
stoppage. We would ask that everyone assist the local executive and
strike captains in this necessary procedure. The bargaining committee
will provide updates and support as needed.
With the show of your
overwhelming support we are hoping that this will encourage the Company
to negotiate terms acceptable to you, the members. Our next session is
scheduled on February 10-14 in Montreal.
We will continue in our
attempt to arrive at a negotiated settlement. Your Bargaining Committee
will keep you informed on any further developments.
General Chairman - CTY West
Chairman - LE West
General Chairman - CTY
Chairman - LE East
|cc: Mr. Douglas Finnson, President TCRC