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.