Brothers and Sisters,
On Thursday, June 29th, Shaw presented a counter package to the one that we proposed the day prior. After reviewing their package, it was clear that no progress was being made during the time spent in Conciliation. It also became clear that Shaw was not serious in reaching a deal. At the end of the day, we unanimously decided not to respond to their disgraceful counter package. We find it extremely disappointing that Shaw is not taking collective bargaining seriously.
Here are the facts:
We find it difficult to understand how Shaw's counter offer equates to respect and job security for you.
After 16 days of bargaining and the only agreement we have is on minor housekeeping issues. Shaw has thrown a small lump sum on the table in hopes that a couple hundred dollars in your pocket will distract you from their real intention - the further erosion and elimination of your jobs.
We remain willing to meet and for as long as it takes with company representatives who are truly ready to bargain a fair and respectful agreement and not intent on wasting our time. At this point, we do not have any further bargaining dates scheduled.
IMPORTANT STRIKE VOTE INFORMATION
The 60-day Conciliation Period has now ended and we will be moving into the next phase of the bargaining process, a strike vote. A strike vote is required before we can commence a strike of bargaining unit employees.
A strong strike mandate does not necessarily mean that we will strike, but it does indicate that we are ready to take further action if necessary. It also shows Shaw that we are serious about our proposals and that the members are mobilizing to protect their jobs.
The best way to get a strong strike mandate is to involve the largest number of members possible and to make sure everyone has access to the same information and can participate in the discussion and debates. That is why we are holding two evenings of voting: Tuesday, July 17th at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, and Wednesday, July 18th at the USW Local 2009 Hall in Langley. Voting will be available for both the Vancouver/Richmond and Surrey/Langley collective agreements at each strike vote meeting.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
USW Local 2009 Hall
202 - 9292 200th Street, Langley
Thursday, July 19, 2018
USW Local 1944
5261 Lane Street, Burnaby BC
(FOR THOSE WORKING AFTERNOON SHIFT)
Your Bargaining Committee encourages a strong yes vote because the union is strongest when we are all united.
It's time for Shaw to take negotiations seriously and start putting you ahead of their profits.
As stated above, we are available to meet anytime and for as long as it takes to bargain a fair and respectful agreement, but Shaw must be willing to actually negotiate and not dictate.
Thank you for your continued support!
Your Unit 60 Bargaining Team
Lee Riggs, Chief Negotiator