Week 4 Strike Update

 

 

As the IAM strike enters it’s fourth week, we want to applaud the strength and resolve our membership have shown with our continued strong presence on the strike line.

The first strike pay cheque is now available to our eligible members who have been manning our picket lines. Future cheques can be collected every Friday of each week from our union office.

As many of you know already we have filed a formal complaint to the labour board through the local law firm Ginnell, Bauman and Watt. The grounds for the case is unfair bargaining and the illegal use of replacement workers. There has never been a bargaining process from the start, and being told no is not bargaining in good faith. The people who can make decisions have never sat at the bargaining table with us. Their negotiating team have been following a script from the very start with no power to make any decisions. This has never been about bargaining, it’s been about breaking this union all along. The use of scab workers to break the union is against the law.

We believe there is 12 scab workers now working in our mines at 777, Lalor and Reed. The companies that are supplying these scab workers are Procon, McClean Engineering, Atlas Copco, Dumas, Sedarc and Sandvik. Hudbay wants us to all believe that these contractors are sticking to audits and warranty of their equipment. This is not true. We have received information that these scab workers are doing our work to try and keep the mine running.

We want our members to know that our strike and our issues are starting to go worldwide. When we started our strike our web page had 100,000 hits. We checked our website recently to see what kind of activity has been taking place on it. We couldn’t believe it. We have gone viral. We found that our web page is now up to 530,000 hits. We have had 300,000 hits in the month of May alone. Shareholders, our members, members of our community, management and people around the world are following our cause. We have had investment firms with major stake in Hudbay stock reaching out us to get our side of what is taking place here in Flin Flon and Snow Lake. They are no longer drinking the juice that Hudbay is providing.

We have also made an inquiry into the permits that allow the buses supplied by Hudbay to operate. We have reached out to our NDP government to ask why they would sign permits to allow buses supplied by a corporation to cross a picket line when a union is on strike. The NDP government has been a labour friendly, pro-union party since its inception. The NDP has lost it’s way. They have made a huge mistake and we hope they will remedy this situation. We are waiting for a response from Steve Ashton, the Minister of Transportation. We hope he sees the light.

On a final note, we want to implore our membership to remain steadfast and strong. We must stand tall. We must stand together in solidarity. We cannot waiver. This battle is too important. Hudbay will not break this union. Together we will get what we deserve.

In solidarity,

your Negotiating Commitee

Homegrown Trades?

 

Management wants us to believe that there is no problem with attracting trades at Hudbay.

Really?

The problem is that the journeyman rate has fallen so far below industry standard for our area and no one is coming here.

Why would you when everywhere else in the North pays significantly more.

For years Hudbay has relied on apprentices they have built alongside the skillful, experienced journeyman who have spent their entire careers in the plant.

Make no mistake about it, our trades work on equipment from the 1930’s all the way to brand new installations today.

Many times the old machinery that is worked on routinely is now obsolete with parts that cannot be ordered anymore.

Our trades find a way to make it run.

Build the parts needed.

So production carries on.

This experience and skill cannot be learned overnight, it takes years for it to be passed on.

That is why Hudbay has had such success passing knowledge from generation to generation of their trades.

This is not the case anymore.

Becoming an apprentice is not attractive anymore.

In most cases, as soon as you start your apprenticeship Hudbay cuts your wage by $4-5/hr.

They force you to sign a service agreement committing 8-10 years service when you start.

You are required to move once a year for technical training in another city. You are required to pay hundreds of dollars for textbooks. You are required to pay for lodging for 8-10 weeks for the duration of your schooling level.

It’s a financial strain. The bills at home don’t change, just the added expense of living away.

Many leave their family and kids, not to see them for months at a time.

It’s a sacrifice not many are willing to make.

They wonder why apprenticeship bulletins go unanswered.

We proposed a narrowing of the gap between apprentice start wage and journeyman rate to help the financial strain at the beginning.

We proposed reducing the service agreement to a reasonable and realistic amount.

We want to make it more attractive to become a trade.

We were told NO.

With are valued tradespeople moving on to better, more attractive pastures.

With no apprentices to fill their shoes.

Who will be left?

In solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Photos from Rally in Toronto

Rally In Toronto Against Hudbay

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Strike Pay Cheques

 

Strike Pay cheques must be picked up by Monday May 25 at the IAM office in the Steel Centre from between:

8:00am – 1:00pm

Cheques must be picked up personally and verification of your home address and social insurance number is mandatory.

If cheques are not picked up by that time they will be sent back to the Grand Lodge.

IAM INFORMATION MEETING

 

The IAM bargaining committee will be holding an information meeting for the membership to update our members on the events that have occurred since we have taken strike action against our employer Hudbay on May 02.

The meeting will be held on:

Monday May 25

Steel Centre

Flin Flon

4 pm.

We encourage all our members to please make every effort to attend.

In solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Grievance Procedure?

 

Hudbay’s management wants us to believe that there is no problems with the current grievance procedure in place.

They believe that it is efficient and deals with all Union issues in a timely fashion.

Nothing can be further from the truth.

In 2015, we have over 20 grievances awaiting arbitration.

We have recently advanced over 60 grievances from our backlog to arbitration on contracting out.

It is not working.

With the current procedure in place we will be lucky to bring 2 to 3 cases to arbitration in a year.

By our math, it is going to take 27 years to arbitrate our current backlog, and that’s not including new cases that are bound to surface.

One of our proposals for the new contract was to bring an arbitrator in once every 6 months to clear our backlog in a timely and efficient manner.

Many of these grievances are serious infractions against our CBA. They include contracting out of our jobs at an unprecedented rate, wrongful dismissal of our members and unqualified personnel doing our work.

We were told NO.

Why?

For one, while a case is under grievance, Hudbay continues operate as they see fit, disregarding what the guidelines in our CBA permits. They continue to do so until the case goes to arbitration and a ruling against them forces them to stop. The problem is that it can take years for the case to be heard. Once the system is log-jammed, they operate without rules.

How convenient.

The second reason is that this current procedure gives the perception that the union is no longer effective. If it can take months or even years to resolve any issues. With that much time, how effective is it? It’s not the Union at fault, it’s a system destined to fail and to make us look powerless.

Why would Hudbay want a change?

Good labor relations with their Unions is not a priority.

Resolving issues is even less.

All that matters is operating however they see fit.

In solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Strike Vote Mandate

 

The results of the strike vote mandate is out:

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local Lodge 828

89% in favor of a strike

100% membership turnout

The United Steelworkers Local Lodge 7106

91.5% in favor of a strike

85% membership turnout

The executive would like to thank their membership with their direction in moving forward.

IAM Members Who Have Sought Employment Beyond Hudbay

 

We want to remind our members who have found employment elsewhere during this strike process that they should contact the office so we can keep track of your whereabouts and to ensure all information we receive can be passed to you in a timely manner.

The IAM has absolutely no issues with our striking members seeking employment elsewhere during this strike process.

We can add you to our mass email list if your not already included by sending us an email to our office. It is the most efficient way to receive any new information as soon as possible.

We also have a web page at IAMAW 1848 where we post information.

We wish you and your families the best of luck in your future endeavors.

Keep in touch, we care about each and every one of you.

We can be reached at:

email: iam1848@mymts.net

telephone: (204) 687-4293

fax: (204) 687-4294

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

New Edge Auto Week One Support

 

 

As we have announced earlier, New Edge Auto would be graciously donating 5% of all parts and labor sales to his fellow IAM striking mechanics for financial relief.

We are happy to announce that the week one donation was $546.00

We cannot thank Blaine Vankoughnett and his staff enough at New Edge Auto for their generosity.

We encourage all members of our community to bring their vehicles to New Edge Auto for professional, affordable, and prompt service.

Strike Pay Cheques

 

Strike Pay cheques can be picked up on Friday May 22 at the IAM office in the Steel Centre from between:

8:00am – 1:00pm

Cheques must be picked up personally and verification of your home address and social insurance number is mandatory.