2015 Contract Negotiation Update 1

Contract negotiations between IAMAW 1848 and Hudbay have begun.  President Rene Beauchamp, Vice President Blair Sapergia, Trustee Erik Nasselquist and Grand Lodge Representative Ian Morland are your bargaining committee. We initiated our intent to bargain with a letter dated October 2/14 requesting meeting dates to negotiate.  The HR (Human Relations)  department at Hudbay met with Rene and Erik on November 13/14 and demanded a proposal saying they need an agreement quickly as the Manitoba division is currently funding all of Hudbay’s projects here and abroad.  Negotiating dates were not secured until December 2/14 at which time your bargaining committee coached the Hudbay team on proper bargaining protocol.  Our priorities for this contract, both non economic and economic proposals, were then passed to Hudbay.  This year has seen 1848 file a record number of grievances for violations of our current Collective Bargaining Agreement.  We have put the resolution of outstanding grievances and current language proposals a priority.  Both parties agree the grievance procedure is broken, the CWS (Co-operative Wage Study) does not work and a better Union/Management relationship is needed.  Our meeting on December 5/14 has left the committee skeptical.  Our proposals to correct these issues were met with a “NO“.   Hudbay maintains the language is fine the way it is and that HR is committed to doing better.  We have heard these promises before and if history repeats itself these are empty words.  Our economic proposal is geared at attracting and retaining skilled tradespeople, training apprentices, minimizing costly contracting out ; ensuring Hudbay a prosperous, committed, skilled workforce.  The Hudbay team has rejected most of our proposals outright saying the existing language is fine.  They have given us no counter proposal as yet.  Our next meeting is Scheduled for December 9/14.  We, your bargaining committee, thank you for your tremendous support and direction.

In Solidarity

IAMAW 1848 Bargaining Committee