Your bargaining committee met with Hudbay this morning, December 16/14. We expected Hudbay to respond to our proposals or propose some of its own. The Hudbay team conceded that the grievance backlog is a priority and must be dealt with. We find this encouraging. The majority of our language proposals hinge on the record number of grievances filed this year. The IAM will not tolerate violations of our collective agreement nor will it accept the excuses: “HR will do better”, “New Manitoba management”, “New HR appointments”, “We have coached the new management in that department”, etc. etc. etc. It is time for Hudbay Management to show some leadership and “walk the talk”. Actions speak louder than words. We believe resolution of the outstanding grievances will create an opportunity for both parties to begin negotiations in earnest. Dates to resolve these grievances are scheduled for January 12,13/2015. No future negotiating dates have been set.
IAMAW1848 Bargaining Committee