Your bargaining committee met with Hudbay today, December 9/14. The morning session consisted of proposed changes, deletions, renewals and new letters of understanding. The afternoon session was spent going over IAMAW 1848 language and economic proposals. We have agreement on some existing letters as well as good discussion on others. However these letters are tied to our language and economic proposals to which we received “NO” answers. Hudbay informed us today that NO does not really mean NO. Their position is that NO actually means ” rewrite your proposal” and bring it back to us. We will not bargain with ourselves and told Hudbay such. At our opening meeting November 13/14 Hudbay demanded our proposal, accusing our Union of not being prepared to negotiate. We are prepared. We passed our proposals to Hudbay on December 2/14. As of today we have not received proposals or counter proposals from Hudbay. Our next meeting is scheduled for December 16/14. We, your bargaining committee, thank you again for your direction and support.
IAMAW 1848 Bargaining Committee
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.
IAMAW 1848 Bargaining Committee
Harper Conservatives Attack
Workplace Health and Safety
Who: The Harper Conservative federal government
What: Have introduced changes to the federal labour code to reduce health and safety protection for workers in the federal jurisdiction, including federal crown corporations. For our union this means mainly airline and airport workers. These changes were introduced as part of an “omnibus” bill (C-4) with hundreds of unrelated provisions to other Acts, so that it would pass with little or no public scrutiny.
C-4 narrows the definition of “danger” in the Canada Labour Code to make it harder for workers to refuse to work in proximity to toxic chemicals or radiation, particularly when it will cause chronic conditions or damage the reproductive system. It gets rid of government health and safety officers, and gives the federal Labour Minister final say on whether to even investigate an unsafe workplace.
Why: Even though no credible stakeholders called for these changes, the Harper Conservatives are doing favours for the bosses who they represent, by weakening workers’ right to refuse unsafe working conditions.
Where: At the ballot box.
When: In 2015, at the next federal election, we need to elect a Canadian government that will reverse these unfair changes, and work to make our workplaces safer.
All Health and Safety Stewards will now be easier to identify in our workplaces at Hudbay Manitoba Division thanks to an idea from Ken Bateman, new Health and Safety Representative. Safety Stewards will be wearing gray hard hats making them quickly distinguishable from other workers. IAMAW1848 Safety Stewards Derald Groff (left) and Ken Oliynyk model the new hard hats. The Safety Steward is there to protect your rights and to ensure the employer abides by the Manitoba H&S Mines Act. If you have any concerns regarding Health and Safety look for the new gray hard hat or contact the IAMAW1848 office at 204-687-4293. Remember we have legislation in Manitoba that protects workers from doing unsafe work. You have a RIGHT TO REFUSE work you feel unsafe for yourself OR any other worker. Let us stand together to protect this Provincial Legislation. The Federal Progressive Conservatives have already weakened the Federal Right to Refuse Legislation by hiding changes to it in an omnibus bill masquerading as a Federal Budget bill. Be Safe, Keep Informed, Stay Unified!
Can you make a difference? You bet you can. The best way is to get involved. We at 1848 encourage you to participate in life’s dialogue. Engage yourself in the workplace conversations, debate the latest media buzz, take part in the discussions regarding your future. What is your employer’s immediate plan? What is their long term plan? Take some time each day to explore your options and plot your future. Check out the links on the website for the Machinist’s Union, the Manitoba Federation of Labour, and the Canadian Labour Congress. All these groups work together protecting the rights of the worker.
On 18 March/14 Rene Beauchamp, LL1848 President and Erik Nasselquist, LL1848 Trustee/Communicator traveled to Winnipeg to take part in website design and editing at District 181 Offices. The training was hosted by Frank Saptel, IAMAW Communications Representative from Toronto . In the photo below, clockwise from bottom left are: Erik, Rene, Siggy Schuhmann LL608, Wayne Relf District 181, Randy Gluchi LL741 and Ian Morland, Grand Lodge Representative.
Photo: Frank Saptel.
The new website will deliver information readily to our members and the public. As we progress you will see updated posts keeping you informed on all issues that pertain to us locally, provincially and federally. Your Union leadership welcomes you to our informative new site.
We are happy to be able to provide up to date information to our members through this new web site. Now we can keep the membership informed instantly. Informed and educated members will strengthen our union. Collectively we can continue to enhance the standard of living of all Canadians.