Final Offer Summary



Machinists’ Local # 1848

86 Main Street

Flin Flon, MB


Telephone: (204) 687-4293

Fax: (204) 687-4294

Final offer summary


Year 1–$1.00

Year 2–$1.25

Year 3–$1.50


Year 1—1.50

Year 2–$2.00

Year 3—2.00

$1.00 on the bridge

We resolved none of our non-monetary issues and we are not recommending acceptance.

Please make every effort to attend the meetings and vote.

In solidarity

Your negotiating team

Ratification Vote



Machinists’ Local # 1848

68 Main Street

Flin Flon, MB

Telephone: (204) 687-4293 R8A 1J8 Fax: (204) 687-4294



On April 16, 2015 Hudbay tabled their final offer. Therefore we will be holding information meetings followed immediately by a ratification vote on the company’s offer. Due to time restraints imposed by the company we are rushed to schedule these meetings at the following times and locations.

Please make every effort to attend these important meetings.

Snow Lake Meetings: Location: Seniors Center

Date: Sunday April 19, 2015

Times: 4pm and 8pm

Flin Flon Meetings: Location: Steel Center

Date: Monday April 20, 2015

Times: 4pm and 8pm

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiations Committee

2015 Negotiation Strike Vote Results

94% voter turnout

97% in favour of strike action.

Thank you to our union membership for a strong voter turnout.  Your support speaks volumes.

Your message rings strong and clear, perhaps Hudbay will consider negotiating now.

IAMAW1848 Strike Vote

A membership strike vote has been called.  Hudbay management has made no offer and has stated they are not prepared to at this time.

Voting will take place in Flin Flon at the Steel Center and in Snow Lake at the Senior Center on March 17/15.  Polls open at 8:00 am until 8:30 pm at both venues.

IAMAW1848 Membership Meeting Notice

Meetings will be held in Flin Flon at the Steel Center March 5/15 at 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM and

in Snow Lake at the Senior Center March 9/15 at 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM.

On the agenda 2015 Contract Negotiations and Strike Vote Discussion

2015 Contract Negotiation Update 7

We recently met with Hudbay management with the assistance of a Federal Conciliator.  We came prepared to negotiate an agreement that addresses your concerns.  Management would not table a financial package of any kind.  They  have presented no plan  to attract, train and retain tradespeople.  In fact we have seen an increase in costly contractors in both the Flin Flon and Snow Lake operations.  Local labour pools are left untapped. Future conciliation meetings are set for the week of April 14/15.  On April 21/15 we find ourselves in a legal lockout/strike position.   We are planning information meetings:  Flin Flon March 5/15,  Snow Lake March 9/15 with a Strike vote occurring on March 17/15 in each community.  Exact times and locations of meetings and voting will be posted soon.


In Solidarity


Your Bargaining Committee

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


2015 Contract Negotiation Update 3

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.

In Solidarity

IAMAW1848 Bargaining  Committee