2015 Contract Negotiation Update 6



The IAM Union now has more contractors working side by side with our members than ever before.  Management has been manning with contract mechanics in our Snow Lake operation for some time now.  Their excuse is they cannot hire. You would think they would at least wonder why they can get any number of contractors but are unable to hire and retain our own workers.  Well wonder no more, 15 years with minimal language change, minimal wage increases and no consideration to what it is going to take to man up our operations with our own employees.

Our proposals for bargaining (not demands) are geared towards making recruitment a real possibility and maintaining our existing workforce.  Wages, vacation and shift schedules are the main tools for recruitment.  Having a challenging workplace with real job ownership keeps skilled workers here.

Management is not ready or willing to discuss monetary.  They have not agreed to any language changes.  The IAM presented a full proposal two months ago; ample time for a response.  We believe the Federal Conciliator will facilitate negotiations.

In Solidarity

Your Bargaining Committee



Can we tolerate a transient workforce?

  • Full time workers sink roots into our communities.  These tradespeople stabilize our workforce by taking ownership, providing skilled, secure labour and training apprentices.  This ensures a competitive and viable future for our company while enhancing our communities.  Right now we are seeing the highest number of contract workers in our history.
  • We currently have or are projected to have 29 contract mechanics on payroll this year.  This is not specialty work, these contractors are doing regular maintenance alongside our own mechanics.  These contractors cost the Company approximately  $200.00/hour based on figures they supply.
  • These numbers only bring us  to budgeted manning levels.  This does not include specialty, breakdown or emergency contracted out/in work.


2015 Contract Negotiation Update 5

Your bargaining committee met with Hudbay’s negotiating team today January 12/15 to try to resolve outstanding grievances.  We have no resolutions to report at this time.  Human Resources has promised written answers by Monday, January 19/15.  No further meeting dates have been set.  We anticipate our next meeting will be held with the assistance of a Federal Conciliator, once one has been assigned.

2015 Contract Negotiation Update 4

Your bargaining committee met January 5/15 .  At this time we decided to contact the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services to assist us in bargaining with Hudbay.  Here is a copy of our request.


Mr. Guy Baron                                                                                                                       January 06, 2015

Director General

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services

Employment and Social Development Canada

165 rue Hotel de Ville

Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0J2

Dear Mr. Guy Baron

Subject: Assistance Request for the Appointment of a Conciliation Officer

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local #1848 and Hudbay Minerals based in Flin Flon, Manitoba have been unable to resolve many issues at the bargaining table therefore we are requesting that your office consider the appointment of a Conciliation Officer to assist the parties. We submitted our Notice to Bargain on October 03, 2014 copy attached and the current Collective Agreement expired on December 31, 2014. The parties have held several meetings in an attempt to revise the CBA unfortunately we appear to have some fundamental differences.

Yours truly,

Ian Morland

Grand Lodge Representative

International Association of Machinists