Harper Interferes In Collective Bargaining

Sisters and Brothers: 

As you are all certainly aware, Stephen Harper’s Federal Government recently waded into the free Collective Bargaining process and, with a threat of legislating them back to work, pushed the CAW and Air Canada into reaching an agreement. They have also notified the parties in the current Postal workers (CUPW) Lockout that they will be putting forward legislation to end the Lockout and order CUPW members back to work. 

This is a violation of the rights of workers to freely negotiate for a Fair contract. Certainly, it is our view as a Labour Union that the Government has no business interfering in the Collective Bargaining process. If the Government can interfere in bargaining at Air Canada and in the Postal Workers’ contract, then who is next? 

Essential services have often applied in the case of firefighters, nurses, and teachers – where public safety of our citizens and our children is a consideration. Now, with a majority government, the Harper Conservatives are taking actions to keep us from free bargaining for purely economic considerations – they have gone too far! 

Please take a moment to review the link below. This is a one-click poll that allows you to express your view:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2011/06/back-to-work-legislation-should-ottawa-force-air-canada-employees-back-to-work.html

I am also attaching a PDF file showing the picket locations for sisters and brothers at CUPW around the Province. I am urging all IAMAW members to get out to the picket lines with these Locked Out workers and let them know that they have your support.

 Stay Rock Solid!

 Stan Pickthall

Directing Business Representative

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers – District 250

201-19005 94th Avenue, Surrey, BC  V4N 3S4

t. 604-513-3883

f. 604-513-3853

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