The IAM negotiating committee made it’s way to Snow Lake for our scheduled strike notice information meetings. After the conclusion of the final 8 o’clock meeting two out of the four members returned to Flin Flon for the IAM BBQ RALLY. The other two members remained in Snow Lake to assist our Snow Lake members in establishing a safe picket line for everyone. At 11: 30 we met at a predetermined location and made our way to the Lalor Lake mine road. About 500 yards down the Lalor road we found the intersection to the tailings pond road and decided that it would be the safest and most ideal location. We parked vehicles along both sides of the road for safety of our members in the case of an emergency situation. At 11:59 am we began our picket line. As in Flin Flon we also had a BBQ for our members and the community. All vehicles entering and leaving the mine site incorporated minor delays as they respected our line. The greatest moment for us was when the Snow Lake membership took complete control of their picket line. All the members took leadership roles and ran it in the most safe and efficient manner possible. You should all be proud of yourself. I know we are here in Flin Flon. Even with the small amount of members they have there, they are splitting the picket line into two so everyone can see our cause. We will be sending some of our members to Snow Lake to assist them in filling the ranks on a regular basis. We would like to acknowledge Franals restaurant for supplying us with coffee and a cargo trailer for a shelter. Scott Cushman, an IBEW member, and Dennis St. Jean for their generous donations. We would like to give a thank you to all the anonymous donations of food and drinks for our picketers. You don’t know how much your SUPPORT means to us!
Only One Option Left – We Strike!
Friday May 1, 2015
Flin Flon, MB – Negotiations between the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and Hudbay failed because management never wavered from their opening stance, leaving the workers with only one option – strike!
Members of IAM Local Lodge 1848 will set up picket lines at Hudbay operations in Flin Flon and Snow Lake at noon Saturday, May 2, 2015.
“This bargaining process never stood a chance,” explained IAM Grand Lodge Representative Ian Morland. “None of the outstanding language issues were addressed and the wage enhancements still leave us far behind the wages paid to apprentices and certified trades at sites in The Pas and Thompson, Manitoba.”
‘From the beginning, management’s attitude toward us has been hostile,” said Morland. “We offered to assist management with a controlled shut down of all operations in the event a strike, but they rejected this offer outright. They believe they can run the equipment without us. But we repair and maintain this equipment and it will break down if it is not maintained properly. This could have been avoided.”
“We are willing to resume bargaining at any time provided the employer has something better to offer,” said Morland. “In bargaining you can push people only so far and then they stick, that’s where we are right now.”
COMMUNITY BBQ IN SUPPORT OF THE IAM
We would like to invite our entire community to come at 12 noon and support the IAM. We will be grilling hotdogs for everyone. We must show our children that in life we must always stand together. We must teach them that unions will always fight for the rights of all workers and ensure we always get what is fair and just. So on Saturday May 02, come and support the IAM and enjoy some lunch on Church street near the staff house. Hope to see you there!
The IAM membership