Bargaining Update #2: No Employer Reaction to Union Members’ Demand to Take Retiree Benefit Concessions off the Table

After receiving the first bargaining update on November 21, over half of our members signed a petition requesting a special membership meeting to discuss the breakdown in talks. We met on December 7, and a motion was made from the floor for the Negotiating Committee to refuse to meet with the employer until they take retiree benefit concessions off the table. This resolution was passed unanimously!

We made the employer aware of this resolution, but we regret to inform you that we have had zero response from the employer on this or any other bargaining updates. The Negotiating Committee would like nothing better than to negotiate with the employer, but it seems that they don’t have the desire to bargain.

At this time, we have no further scheduled bargaining dates, but we hope that the new year brings us closer to making a fair deal. We will keep you updated when we have more information to share.

We want to thank you again for your support during this challenging time.

Your CUPE 1816 Negotiating Committee:

• Beth Miller
• Roger Pearce
• Anna Torgerson
• Tracey Harston
• Christine Johnson
• James Richardson — CUPE National Representative