Health Plan Rebuttal

The Health Plan will be overseen by a Health Plan Committee with five (5) representatives appointed by the Unions (one (1) from the United Steelworkers, Local 7106, tow (2) from the United Steelworkers, Local 9338, one (1) from the Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers) and two (2) from the Company.

It is understood that the role of the Health Plan Committee is limited to administering the terms of the Health Plan and that any changes to the Plan would require the approval of the Company and the Union

The above statement is the 3rd paragraph from page 6 of 22 document from Hudbay’s Final Offer to the IAM.

Rob Winton, vice president , Manitoba Business Unit for Hudbay was quoted in The Daily Reminder saying “ THE OFFER PRESENTED TO IAM REMOVED REFERENCE TO THE HEALTH PLAN AGREEMENT,WHICH HE SAID IAM HAS NOT SIGNED SINCE 2006, AND MAINTAINED THE LANGUAGE AS IT WAS IN THE NOW- EXPIRED COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT (CBA)

Let’s once again get the facts straight. The above two paragraphs of language is what management wants deleted from our health plan 

As you can see, management is trying to hijack this plan from under our feet. Not only does he want to remove union’s approval, he wants to completely dissolve any power the health committee had. They want COMPLETE CONTROL of our health plan

Once this happens our benefits will be eroded and removed as they see fit

WE CANNOT LET THIS HAPPEN, WE MUST NOT LET THIS HAPPEN AND WE WILL NOT LET THIS HAPPEN

In solidarity

Your Negotiating Committee

Health Plan Concessions

Health Plan Concessions

Management has said in their update that they did not ask for any language changes. In the final offer tabled to us on April 16/15 they deleted all references to our Health Plan Agreement, the Heath Plan Committee and any changes to the Health Plan would not require Union approval.

They propose a Group benefit Plan that is governed by themselves.

When they say no concessions, they mean for right now. We believe that this is the first step in eroding the benefits in our current plan as we know it. We fear that concessions could begin as early as this contract is ratified.

We CANNOT let this happen

In solidarity

Your negotiating team

Wage Analysis

In 1997, our union entered into the 2012 agreement with HBM&S. At that time the company had a long term debt of 201 million dollars and would require an additional 33 million dollars to continue operating. At that time they offered wage increases of 3% /year over 3 years. We entered into the agreement in order to save the company from bankruptcy and ensure our community’s survival.

Today is 2015, the company is thriving. They are sending hundreds of millions of dollars to fund their major projects in Peru, Snow Lake and Arizona. Let’s make it clear, the only positive cash flow for Hudbay is from their Manitoba unit consisting of Flin Flon and Snow Lake. This is no longer a company starving.

When we look at the wage enhancements we were offered, we find year 1 at 2.83%, year 2 at 3.42% and year 3 at 3.94% for a yearly average of 3.39%. From a company on the verge of financial collapse in 1997 to the major player in the mining industry it is today, its a difference of 0.39%. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

Over the 15 year agreement we have seen this company take advantage of their labor force and our wages tumble from the industry standard.

Certified trade rates at Hudbay range from $33.85-34.27/hr. At Vale in Thompson, apprentices earn $34.66/hr and certified trades is $41.02/hr. It is a difference of $7.17/hr. At Tolko in the Pas, apprentices earn $37.95/hr and certified trades is $40.55/hr. It is a difference of $6.70/hr. Cameco, a company that we are losing most of our skilled workers to has a trade rate of $52.70. They fly their employees in and out of work from the Flin Flon Airport. Pretty convenient.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! IT’S TIME THIS COMPANY STARTS TO PAY THEIR WORKERS WHAT THEY ARE WORTH!

In solidarity

Your negotiating team

Truth on the Western Economy

Does the arrogance of this company have a limit ? Is trying to instill fear and intimidation all they know ? Rob Winton, Vice President, Manitoba Unit for Hudbay, was quoted in the Daily Reminder saying, “THE OFFER WE PRESENTED WAS GENEROUS AND FAIR, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE ECONOMIC REALITIES IN WESTERN CANADA”

Let’s get the facts straight. We want to assure the membership that this is nothing more than another ploy to scare us and our community. After a little research, and by just looking at ONE job search website called INDEED.COM, nothing could be further from the truth.

Looking at Western Canada, consisting of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, we found that there is a total of 1,305 skilled worker jobs available to us. 656 available to Heavy Duty Mechanics, 245 available to Industrial Mechanics, 172 available to Pipe fitters and 232 available to Machinists.

Do you think Hudbay advertised $60/hr for scab workers out of the goodness of their hearts ? The reality of it is, that this is the new price to get skilled workers, when the demand greatly outweighs the supply.

Is this company willing to risk losing their seasoned, experienced skilled workers ? If they leave, many of them will NEVER COME BACK

Here’s some corporate strategy, LET’S SIT DOWN AND NEGOTIATE A FAIR AGREEMENT FOR EVERYONE.

In solidarity

Your negotiating team

cancellation of extended shifts

On April 21, 2015 our Collective Bargaining Agreement and all other letters outside the CBA expired. We would like to advise the membership that our union will continue to honor the terms and conditions of the expired collective agreement. However effective immediately the extended shift agreements between Hudbay and this union will be canceled. From now on, all employees who work more than 8 hours will be paid overtime rates for the duration of the shift. We also want to remind the membership that overtime is only mandatory in emergency situations, not for daily operations. You do not have to work overtime if you choose not to.

Hudbay is willing to pay scab workers $60/hour for 8 hours and $90/hour for any extended shift. They are willing to pay for a security firm at an estimated $50,000/day. Surely, paying their own employees overtime that we are entitled to should not be a problem.

In solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Hudbay stock

TO: ALL MEMBERS

If you were a person who follows the stock market, you will already know that Hudbay’s stock plummeted 3.43% yesterday. Smart investors want a positive return on the stock they invest in. Smart investors also know that a company’s #1 asset is it’s employees. As we can see now, investors are not willing to buy stock in a company that is unwilling to treat it’s employees fairly and table an offer to reflect that. 96% REJECTION by the membership speaks volumes of how fair the final offer actually is. It is crystal clear that Hudbay’s employees are not their #1 asset. If Hudbay itself is unwilling to invest in their #1 asset, why would any smart investor ??

In solidarity

Your Negotiating Team

April 21 update

 

 

 

 

TO ALL MEMBERS:

The federal conciliator will be returning on Monday, April 27. We are scheduled to meet with Hudbay’s negotiating team. Our one and only objective is to get our outstanding issues addressed and bargain a deal that we can recommend to our membership.

In solidarity

Your negotiating team

union dues

We met with Hudbay at 10am today in the hope that we could get our outstanding issues addressed. Unfortunately all Hudbay had to offer us was a letter to inform us that they will no longer be deducting union dues from our payroll anymore. This company does not want to play fair!! They are now trying to cripple us financially and beat us into submission. This can not be tolerated. We cannot let a BULLY win!!!!

In solidarity

Safety is #1

Under these stressful times we want to remind our members the importance of safety in the workplace. We must insure that before we start any job we must  asses all potential risks. We must reduce them to an acceptable level. We must follow all of Hudbay’s safety policies, insuring that all articles are met to your satisfaction. Work can not proceed until we are 100% sure that it can be done in the safest possible way. If any concerns should arise, please contact a safety or union steward for any clarification

Remember, working safe is our #1 priority

RATIFICATION VOTE RESULTS

The results of the ratification vote on Hudbay’s final offer are in.  The membership has rejected it by 96%.  Voter turn out was 87%.  We want to thank the membership for their strong voice.  Thank you for your direction.

 

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee