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  • LabourStart | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    that collective bargaining is already a reality in Guangdong Sun 2015 01 04 19 00 LabourStart headline Source China Labour Bulletin Categories Latest Labour News Lebanon Migrant workers set to form union Fri 2015 01 02 19 00 LabourStart headline Source The Star Categories Latest Labour News India Sit in strikers detained by police Fri 2015 01 02 19 00 LabourStart headline Source Business Standard News Categories Latest Labour News USA Fast food workers scent justice in fight with franchises Wed 2014 12 31 19 00 LabourStart headline Source Stronger Unions Categories Latest Labour News Palestine Gaza civil servants to strike today Tue 2014 12 30 19 00 LabourStart headline Source Worldbulletin News Categories Latest Labour News Palestine Hamas warns 42 000 unpaid Gaza staff could take to streets Sat 2014 12 27 19 00 LabourStart headline Source AlJazeera Categories Latest Labour News Iran Labour Activist Behnam Ebrahimzadeh On Hunger Strike Sat 2014 12 27 19 00 LabourStart headline Source UID DER Categories Latest Labour News USA The devalued American worker The past three recessions sparked a chain reaction of layoffs and lower pay Thu 2014 12 25 19 00 LabourStart headline Source Washington Post Categories Latest Labour News Global 10 New Year s resolutions to prevent modern slavery Wed 2014 12 24 19 00 LabourStart headline Source Guardian Categories Latest Labour News Korea South Ex rail union leaders acquitted of obstruction charges in strike Tue 2014 12 23 19 00 LabourStart headline Source Yonhap Categories Latest Labour News Bangladesh Union Leaders Attacked at Bangladesh Garment Factories Investigations Show Mon 2014 12 22 19 00 LabourStart headline Source NY Times Categories Latest Labour News Hong Kong Police charge HKCTU leader for organising OccupyHK illegal assembly Sun 2014 12 21 19 00 LabourStart headline Source HKCTU Categories Latest Labour News China

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  • LabourStart | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    speeches in Kobanê the next time Wed 2014 12 17 19 00 LabourStart headline Source Besta Nûçe Categories Latest Labour News Hong Kong A new era for the democratic mvt begins in Hong Kong Wed 2014 12 17 19 00 LabourStart headline Source HKCTU Categories Latest Labour News Palestine Gaza civil servants stage general strike Tue 2014 12 16 19 00 LabourStart headline Source World Bulletin Categories Latest Labour News Hong Kong Free arrested Hong Kong union leaders Tue 2014 12 16 19 00 LabourStart headline Source IUF Categories Latest Labour News UK Inflation fall shows economic need for wage rises says TUC Mon 2014 12 15 19 00 LabourStart headline Source TUC Categories Latest Labour News Colombia Ruben Montoya workplace accident finally recognized Mon 2014 12 15 19 00 LabourStart headline Source IndustriALL Global Union Categories Latest Labour News Nigeria Oil workers begin strike Mon 2014 12 15 19 00 LabourStart headline Source BBC Categories Latest Labour News Germany Amazon workers strike in Germany as Christmas nears Mon 2014 12 15 19 00 LabourStart headline Source BBC Categories Latest Labour News Colombia Demand justice for Colombian trade unionist Sun 2014 12 14 19 00 LabourStart headline Source UNISON Categories

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  • LabourStart | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    workers strike in employment conditions row Wed 2015 04 01 20 00 LabourStart headline Source Irish Independent Categories Latest Labour News Global Weaker Unions Higher CEO Pay Wed 2015 04 01 20 00 LabourStart headline Source Huffington Post Categories Latest Labour News United Arab Emirates Tell Dior Slavery Stinks Wed 2015 04 01 20 00 LabourStart headline Source ITUC Categories Latest Labour News Argentina Travel chaos as transit unions strike Tue 2015 03 31 20 00 LabourStart headline Source Yahoo Categories Latest Labour News Vietnam Rare strike at Nike Adidas factory Mon 2015 03 30 20 00 LabourStart headline Source The Globe and Mail Categories Latest Labour News Somalia Union leader escapes Somali Islamic terrorist rampage Mon 2015 03 30 20 00 LabourStart headline Source ITUC Categories Latest Labour News USA Movement to Increase McDonald s Minimum Wage Broadens Its Tactics Mon 2015 03 30 20 00 LabourStart headline Source NY Times Categories Latest Labour News Global Brit TUC launch new Charter for International LGBT Solidarity Sat 2015 03 28 20 00 LabourStart headline Source TUC Categories Latest Labour News Portugal Young people take to streets protesting poor working conditions Sat 2015 03 28 20 00 LabourStart headline Source The Global Times Categories Latest Labour News Indonesia Was Your Seafood Caught By Slaves Fri 2015 03 27 20 00 LabourStart headline Source NPR Categories Latest Labour News Global Open Online Course on Workers Rights in a Global Economy Thu 2015 03 26 20 00 LabourStart headline Source Global Labour University Categories Latest Labour News Uzbekistan Gvt arrests and deports international labor rights consultant Wed 2015 03 25 20 00 LabourStart headline Source Cotton Campaign Categories Latest Labour News Swaziland Remembering Swaziland s prisoners of conscience after one year Tue 2015 03 24 20 00 LabourStart headline Source Equal Times Categories

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  • Broadbent Institute | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    The Harper government claims to be good economic managers pursuing a successful jobs and growth agenda To be sure there are many factors other than federal government policy that strongly influence Canadian jobs and incomes such as resource prices business decisions the state of the United States and the global economy and the actions of provincial governments No federal government can take all or even most of the credit or blame for how our economy is doing But it is fair to at least ask the question of whether or not Canadians are better off since the Harper Tags economy Andrew Jackson Categories Latest Labour News Income inequality shows the 1 will soon own 50 of all wealth says Oxfam Wed 2015 01 21 14 00 CBC Radio The Current In a week where the U S President has signaled new taxes and fees on the wealthiest American individuals and corporations and where the financially and politically powerful meet in Davos Oxfam is warning of growing inequality across the globe Today we look at the implications of counting up the haves and have nots Tags BI in the News income inequality economics Andrew Jackson Categories Latest Labour News Toronto workers wages shrinking in contrast to other provinces think tank says Wed 2015 01 21 14 00 Sara Mojtehedzadeh The Toronto Star Lynn Beamish knows the value of a steady income As an advisor in the financial services sector she sees many of the city s workers struggling to make ends meet Nowadays unfortunately people have to live on plastic because there s more month at the end of the money she says After fracturing her ankle in 2009 the 63 year Tags BI in the News income inequality economics Andrew Jackson Categories Latest Labour News A wizard of U S politics tells Canadian progressives how to win Tue 2015 01 20 14 00 Jenny Uechi Vancouver Observer The founder of the U S Working Families Party made no bones about his opinion of Canada s Prime Minister during a visit in Vancouver on Sunday This guy Harper is a menace he said speaking to reporters after an event by the Broadbent Institute a progressive think tank I don t know if he can but if he can be defeated that would be good for all of us Harper would fit in well in the right wing of the Republican Party Tags BI in the News 2015 election Dan Cantor Categories Latest Labour News Canada Revenue Agency annuls Dying with Dignity s charitable tax status Tue 2015 01 20 11 53 Kelly Grant The Globe and Mail At a moment when end of life issues are at the top of the political and legal agendas in Canada a prominent voice for legalizing medically assisted suicide is about to lose its charitable status after a federal audit of its political activities The Canada Revenue Agency is annulling the status of Dying With Dignity not revoking it because the federal tax agency concluded

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  • Broadbent Institute | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    After enduring well over a decade of broken promises the prospects for publicly funded child care in Canada looked good in the autumn of 2005 The Paul Martin government proposed to create thousands of new day care spaces and had also negotiated deals with most provinces and territories to turn a patch work of often poor quality services into a system of early learning and child care with national standards Then Stephen Harper won the election The program was turfed and replaced by Harper s Tags child care Harper Milton Freedman Hayek neoliberalism Categories Latest Labour News Anti union bill shows Conservative disregard for evidence democratic institutions Wed 2014 12 17 13 26 Canadians like their labour law the way they like their touques sturdy and designed to protect As a result Canadian lawmakers have a long history of consulting with labour and business before tinkering with existing law This ensures predictability for employers and workers and has been a hallmark of the Canadian system A system that is internationally regarded as effective fair and most Tags Bill C 525 labour rights Categories Latest Labour News Wealth inequality poll finds Canadians want a much more level society Wed 2014 12 17 08 00 Daniel Tencer Huffington Post Canada Canadians vastly underestimate the extent of wealth inequality in Canada but would still like to see a much more equal society according to research carried out for the left leaning Broadbent Institute The survey of 3 000 respondents found Canadians believe the richest 20 per cent control about 55 5 per cent of Canada s wealth In reality Tags BI in the News wealth gap income inequality Categories Latest Labour News The wealth gap is worse than you think Wed 2014 12 17 04 00 Kate Robertson NOW Magazine A new video by the Broadbent Institute shows that Canadians would be surprised at how big the gap really is between the rich and poor in this country Canada is much more unequal than Canadians think it is and a far cry from what they think it should be That holds true for people of all political stripes including Conservative voters said Rick Smith executive director of the Broadbent Institute in a press release From a survey of 3 000 Tags BI in the News wealth gap income inequality Categories Latest Labour News Statement on the passage of Bill C 525 Tue 2014 12 16 21 36 The Conservative government ended the 2014 Parliamentary session with another attack on Canada s democratic institutions with Tuesday s passage of Bill C 525 in the Senate The intention of the private member s bill by backbench Conservative MP Blaine Calkins is to make it harder for workers in federally regulated workplaces to unionize and easier for a minority of workers to decertify unions With the full backing of Stephen Harper and the Conservative cabinet the Tags economy labour rights Categories Latest Labour News Gap between rich and poor greater than most Canadians think Tue 2014

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  • Broadbent Institute | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    and organizers This is a crucial time for Canada and the right moment to bring the progressive movement together as we head into a federal election said Institute Chair Ed Broadbent From income inequality to innovation we ll be debating the big issues of the day and advancing solutions to build a better Canada Progress Summit 2015 from March 26 to 28 at the Tags News Releases progress summit Categories Latest Labour News Increasing TFSA contribution limits would be a ticking time bomb founder warns Tue 2015 02 24 17 21 Garry Marr Financial Post The two men who might be considered the fathers of tax free savings accounts in Canada now worth more than 132 billion appear to be in disagreement over what happens next to their brainchild Jonathan Rhys Kesselman who co authored a report back in 2001 with Finn Poschmann vice president of policy analysis at the C D Howe Institute is suggesting it s time to rein in the Tags BI in the News TFSA economics tax policy Categories Latest Labour News Finally a tax idea even worse than income splitting Tue 2015 02 24 10 50 Rhys Kesselman iPolitics The federal government has delivered on the first of its two major tax promises from the 2011 election campaign Income splitting has been extensively assessed and widely criticized for its revenue cost its tilt toward higher income families and its failure to accomplish anything beneficial for the economy Soon the other shoe may drop The Conservative Party of Canada s second major tax promise from the last election was to double the Tags BI in the News TFSA economics tax policy Categories Latest Labour News Doubling TFSA limits would cost billions benefit the wealthy Reports Tue 2015 02 24 10 27 Sheena Goodyear QMI Agency If the Tories go ahead with plans to double the contribution limit on tax free savings accounts it will cost the government billions of dollars and benefit only the very wealthy two separate studies released Tuesday say The Parliamentary Budget Office Canada budget watchdog and the Broadbent Institute a left wing think tank both released scathing reports about the Conservative government s plan to double the TFSA limit Tags BI in the News TFSA economics tax policy Categories Latest Labour News TFSA doubling would cost billions more than income splitting more skewed to the wealthy new study Tue 2015 02 24 09 00 OTTAWA The existing Tax Free Savings Account scheme is projected to cost the federal government up to 15 5 billion annually when it matures and doubling the contribution limits would shift additional billions from tax revenues into the pockets of the already well off a new Broadbent Institute study has found Double Trouble The Case Against Expanding Tax Free Savings Accounts authored by Rhys Kesselman is the first comprehensive assessment of the Conservative Party of Canada s proposal to double the annual TFSA contribution limit While the TFSA proposal has received Tags News Releases tax policy economics income

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  • CAUT | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    00 International Women s Day is a time to celebrate the gains that have been made toward achieving fairness and equality for women in Canada and around the world It is also an occasion to commit to combatting the many inequities and injustices that remain Categories Latest Labour News University of Northern British Columbia profs on strike Thu 2015 03 05 15 33 This morning academic staff at the University of Northern British Columbia walked off the job after a strike deadline had passed Categories Latest Labour News CAUT is lending support to its American counterparts during National Adjunct Action Week Thu 2015 02 19 08 00 CAUT is lending support to its American counterparts during their National Adjunct Action Week Feb 23 27 and their walkout day on February 25th Categories Latest Labour News Profs group critical of university exemption from temporary foreign worker rule Sat 2015 02 14 10 42 The national organization representing Canada s professors says that special exemptions from the temporary foreign workers program for universities are unnecessary and unjustified Categories Latest Labour News Report Academic freedom violated at U of Manitoba s Faculty of Architecture Fri 2015 02 06 09 16 An investigation into the University of Manitoba s Faculty of Architecture has uncovered numerous violations of academic freedom and interference in the duties and research of academic staff Categories Latest Labour News CAUT applauds Supreme Court s ruling that confirms the right to strike as indispensable constitutional right Fri 2015 01 30 17 00 The Canadian Association of University Teachers welcomes today s Supreme Court of Canada decision recognizing the right to strike in collective bargaining Categories Latest Labour News Report uncovers academic freedom violations at the University of Manitoba Wed 2015 01 28 14 03 An investigation into the University of Manitoba

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  • Unifor Local 2002 | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    agents who spoke 60 languages between them including sign language had assisted over 640 000 passengers The GTAA went on to say that they had plans to hire another 50 agents The future bode well for the program But the road and the race to the bottom is paved with good intentions Unfortunately the future has been anything but bright for the workers at Canada s largest airport This is in large part due to the fact that the Request for Proposal RFP system that the GTAA employs to secure ground handling services like ACAP is flawed the GTAA awards contracts to whomever they decide based on a number of criteria requested in a pages long process But the bottom line is based on a dollar rather than service value Unifor has worked hard to maintain consistency for airport employees We have repeatedly met with the GTAA and asked for a stabilization of their contract award process The 40 000 workers at Pearson are not just passing through on their way to sunny destinations The GTAA has a responsibility to the people who make Pearson work who go to their jobs day in day out to support their families and contribute to the communities they live in Over the past months Unifor worked collaboratively with Swissport to secure the ACAP jobs We will continue to explore all options working closely with our national union The plight of our members and the flawed RFP process will no doubt be top of the agenda when Unifor President Jerry Dias meets with GTAA President and Chief Executive Officer Howard Eng on March 16 Few specifics have been released however we know that ACAP work will remain with Swissport workers until April 30 2015 For our membership this means status quo until further notice Our ACAP members are professional and caring workers who will continue to deliver quality customer service as they have done for many years This has been a year full of uncertainty for a loyal group of employees We will continue to keep you informed of any news regarding this situation as it transpires For more information please contact Assistant to Local 2002 President Theresa Amicarelli Categories Latest Labour News Notes from negotes Issue 10 Fri 2015 03 06 11 30 PDF Notes from Negotes Over the past week your Air Canada bargaining committee has met several times with the company to exchange revised proposals and observe presentations Progress is slow but steady as we work through contractual language and non monetary issues Your committee continues to take the pulse of our membership through weekly conference calls with your regional vice presidents Please direct any questions and concerns that you may have regarding negotiations to your elected union representatives Together we will debunk rumours and work towards finding solutions The company s proposed shift trade changes are a hot topic and we have no intention of putting it on the back burner Time only brings clarity to this issue as we continue to advance our position towards a resolution We are conferring with industry and labour groups across the country who work within the federal sector and face similar restrictions Thank you to all of our loyal members across the country in airports and call and journey management centres who proudly wear their Unifor lanyards to show support for their bargaining committee As momentum builds through the negotiation process so does our solidarity Due to scheduling conflicts we are not meeting with the company on March 9 13 Therefore the next issue of our weekly communication Notes from Negotes will be published on Friday March 20 2015 Stay tuned and stay united In solidarity Your Air Canada Bargaining Committee Veronica Kelly Pacific region Joanne Goulet Western region Frances Galambosy Chairperson Central region Benoit Lapointe Eastern region Tammy Moore Atlantic region Cheryl Robinson Local 2002 President Leslie Dias National Representative Connect with Unifor 2002 on social media 15 03 06 Air Canada notes from negotes HTML en txt Categories Latest Labour News Celebrate the power and potential of women Fri 2015 03 06 06 59 Sunday March 8 is International Women s Day IWD but women will have the opportunity to celebrate this wonderful occasion all week long As proud members of Unifor we have lots of reasons to celebrate Unions work tirelessly to close the gender gap and advance the equality of women As Statistics Canada says It has long been known that unionized employees make more than non union workers But the benefits of belonging to a union doesn t stop there Solidarity is our greatest gift Sometimes life can be an uphill struggle but women who belong to a union never have to feel alone This past weekend sisters of Unifor 2002 celebrated IWD with other women at the Peel Regional Labour Council brunch Connecting with our sisters and allies is a great way to energize us in our battle for equal rights There are many IWD events taking place across the country and I invite all of you to participate where possible A list of Unifor events happening in your community can be found by clicking here In addition check out the IWD website for other information The personal is political Women are under tremendous pressure on all fronts as we try to balance work family and community responsibilities Unifor Women s Department Director Lisa Kelly believes that women will make a significant difference in the 2015 federal election Because we work in more precarious jobs our wages have stagnated and we are often in the pinch point of child and elder care says Kelly Unifor women will be talking to each other in member to member campaigns to make sure that we elect a government that works for working women This International Women s Day celebrate the progress women have made and after take action to break down obstacles to women s equality In solidarity Cheryl Robinson President Unifor Local 2002 I am not free while any women is unfree even when her shackles are very different from my own Audre Lorde Categories Latest Labour News Jazz CSA ACS Bargaining Committee election nominations Fri 2015 03 06 05 00 Please be advised that voting will take place for Jazz CSA and ACS Bargaining Committee members except where acclaimed Voting will be conducted by electronic voting only The new bargaining committee will take office on April 1 2015 The nominations for the position of Jazz CSA ACS bargaining committee standing are as follows JAZZ CSA PACIFIC REGION Ken White Christine Bower JAZZ CSA WESTERN REGION NO NOMINATIONS JAZZ CSA CENTRAL REGION Denise Cochrane Acclaimed JAZZ CSA EASTERN REGION Lucie Lapierre Acclaimed JAZZ CSA ATLANTIC REGION Danny Doucet Lee Kempster JAZZ ACS ALL REGIONS Karl De Wit Acclaimed We would like to thank all candidates for their participation For more information please contact Unifor Local 2002 Elections Committee 15 03 06 Jazz CSA ACS bargaining committee election nominations HTML en txt Categories Latest Labour News Bargaining for fairness and respect at Porter Airlines Thu 2015 03 05 03 31 Unifor s District 362 bargaining committee representing 73 ramp attendants at Porter Airlines has met six times with the company since negotiations officially commenced on January 20 2015 Elected representatives Eddy Candia Courtney Chick and Greg Hume along with Unifor Staff Representative Joel Fournier and Local 2002 Assistant to the President Theresa Amicarelli are confident that they will achieve a collective agreement that reflects the needs of their members Photo Porter ramp attendant bargaining committee working hard on getting the best deal for our members Ramp attendants at Porter load and unload baggage and tow de ice and marshal aircraft at Toronto s Billy Bishop Airport it s hard physical work in extreme temperatures They joined Unifor in October 2014 because they wanted fairness and respect in the workplace Through surveys and proposal meetings members of the newly formed bargaining group identified issues and processes that they felt needed to be addressed in order to produce a progressive and healthy working environment To date your bargaining committee has made steady progress at the bargaining table reaching agreements on many non monetary items such as work rules and conditions When we resume negotiations in April 2015 we will present our monetary proposals to the company Through continued respectful dialogue we hope to have an agreement in place for the 2015 Pan Am Parapan Am Games Porter Airlines is the official Canadian airline for the event which takes place July 10 26 and August 7 15 Over 7 600 top athletes will participate and our members are looking forward to the honour of being of service to so many esteemed athletes Between contract negotiations and the lead up to the Games this is an exciting time for workers at Porter Airlines We will continue to keep you informed once bargaining recommences In the meantime stay united stay safe and stay warm Categories Latest Labour News Jazz CSA ACS Important information pertaining to Electronic Voting Tue 2015 03 03 03 30 Greetings Very soon the Unifor local 2002 Jazz CSA membership in the Pacific and Atlantic Regions only will be receiving an important letter concerning electronic voting in the upcoming election for Bargaining Committee Members This letter will contain an Elector ID and password that you will be able to use to vote for your regional Jazz CSA Bargaining Committee member This election will be by electronic voting only Please keep your voter information in a safe place Electronic voting is safe fast secure and convenient You will be able to access the ballot within the following 72 hour period from anywhere you can get an internet connection March 17 2015 starting at 00 01 to March 19 2015 ending at 23 59 To vote simply visit unifor2002 simplyvoting com during the listed election period and enter the Elector ID and Password that was provided to you Important If you are a Jazz CSA in the Pacific or Atlantic Regions and have not received your user name and password by mail by Friday March 13 2015 contact admin2 unifor2002 org with your name employee number and personal email address to be added to the voting list If you have questions please contact Don Ross Executive Vice President don unifor2002 org or 778 386 6104 In Solidarity Sharon Low Unifor 2002 Local Elections Committee Chairperson Connect with Unifor 2002 on social media 15 03 03 Jazz CSA ACS BC Notice of Electronic Vote HTML en txt Categories Latest Labour News International Repetitive Strain Injury day Fri 2015 02 27 11 30 From coast to coast to coast Unifor members are focusing on a variety of activities around this year s 16th International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day February 28th 2015 We must continue to emphasize the need for Ergonomic Regulations Justice and Dignity for Injured Workers and Respectful Accommodation Click here to read Unifor s February 17th web bulletin The final day of February is marked as International Repetitive Strain Injury RSI Awareness Day Catherine Fenech of Toronto an injured worker launched the annual observance in 2000 The consequences of RSIs are far reaching and can affect every aspect of our lives which is why we need regulations not voluntary programs and enforcement Repetitive Strain Injury RSI also known as work related musculoskeletal disorders WMSDs is an umbrella term for a number of overuse injuries affecting the soft tissues muscles tendons and nerves of the neck upper and lower back chest shoulders arms and hands These disorders can be caused by work activities that are frequent and repetitive or activities with awkward postures They are a serious occupational health concern across the world and are recognized as leading causes of significant human suffering For additional information Please contact your Unifor local 2002 health and safety coordinator Connect with Unifor 2002 on social media 15 02 27 RSI Day HTML en txt Categories Latest Labour News Notes from negotes Issue 9 Fri 2015 02 27 07 30 PDF Notes from Negotes Air Canada adopts unusual bargaining strategy Air Canada s rushed application for conciliation is premature and a departure from previous bargaining patterns says the union representing over 4 100 Customer Sales and Service Agents We re eager to negotiate in good faith and there are lots of items to discuss said Cheryl Robinson President of Unifor Local 2002 But Air Canada appears eager for government interference early in the process Usually used as a last resort after reaching an impasse conciliation triggers the appointment of a federally appointed conciliator that works at the bargaining table with the employer and the union for up to 60 days However Unifor disagrees that negotiations are anywhere near an impasse We re only 14 days into bargaining and they re already pressing the panic button said Leslie Dias lead negotiator for Local 2002 In all my years at Air Canada I ve never seen management so quick to declare an impasse Regardless of Air Canada s bargaining strategy Unifor is confident that a negotiated settlement will be the outcome of these talks Conciliation process as set out by the Canada Labour Code It takes up to 15 days for a formal appointment of a conciliation officer to be completed after which time lines come into effect First there is a 60 day conciliation process whereby the officer will assist in areas requested by the parties If it seems like progress is being made this period can be extended if both parties are in agreement After the 60 day period has elapsed the officer takes on more of a mediator role and will attempt to get the parties moving in areas that are deemed close to resolution This period lasts 21 days and is called a cooling off period If no agreement is reached in this time the union is in a legal strike position or the company may lockout the workers Seventy two hours advance notice must be served to the other party and the Minister of Labour The union must have taken and received a positive strike vote of 66 and 2 3s from its members within the previous 60 days Strike action is only ever taken only as a last resort after all other forms of negotiation are exhausted Source Government of Canada Our current contract Some members have expressed their concern about the upcoming expiry date of our collective agreement It is important to note that even though our contract expires on February 28 2015 the terms and conditions of the current agreement will remain in place until we reach and ratify a new agreement Shift trades The bargaining committee continues to work towards a resolution with the company on this very important issue Unifor Director of Transportation Ron Smith and National Representative for federal sector workers in rail seaways airline and communications Joel Fournier presented options to the company that would safeguard the flexibility of our shift trade practices without violating the Canada Labour Code We are pushing to have the company postpone the April 1 2015 implementation date of their new shift trading rules in order to give us a time to properly negotiate an agreement and to prevent the company from suggesting members engage in an illegal practice We have yet to receive the company s response Finding solutions that work During this time we have made some progress in negotiations as we continue to meet with the company to discuss non monetary issues The committee remains firm that there will be no final deal before our shift trading issues are resolved this issue is of great importance to our members across the country and it is not going away It is in Air Canada s best interest to find solutions that work for you Your support equals our success and our priority is to keep you informed The bargaining committee continues to host weekly conference calls as a forum for your vice presidents to table your concerns Please continue to keep the lines of communication open focus on the facts and stay united Your Air Canada Bargaining Committee Connect with Unifor 2002 on social media 15 02 27 Air Canada notes from negotes HTML en txt Categories Latest Labour News Unifor Air Canada adopts unusual bargaining strategy Thu 2015 02 26 09 00 Air Canada s rushed application for conciliation is premature and a departure from previous bargaining patterns says the union representing over 4 100 Customer Sales and Service Agents We re eager to negotiate in good faith and there are lots of items to discuss said Cheryl Robinson President of Unifor Local 2002 But Air Canada appears eager for government interference early in the process Usually used as a last resort after reaching an impasse conciliation triggers the appointment of a federally appointed conciliator that works at the bargaining table with the employer and the union for up to 60 days However Unifor disagrees that negotiations are anywhere near an impasse We re only 14 days into bargaining and they re already pressing the panic button said Leslie Dias lead negotiator for Local 2002 In all my years at Air Canada I ve never seen management so quick to declare an impasse Regardless of Air Canada s bargaining strategy Unifor is confident that a negotiated settlement will be the outcome of these talks Unifor is Canada s largest union in the private sector representing more than 305 000 workers It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications Energy and Paperworkers unions merged Source Unifor The Union Connect with Unifor 2002 on social media 15 02 26 Air Canada adopts unusual bargaining strategy HTML en txt Categories Latest Labour News Taking a stand against bullying Wed 2015 02 25 03 20 February 25 2015 marks Pink Shirt Day a day that commemorates the efforts of two young men in Nova Scotia who stood up for another student who was being bullied by schoolmates

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