Mediation Report – Day 2

Memorandum of Settlement
Reached Through Mediation

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Today has been a long and difficult day at the Labour Relations Board with Finning and Labour Board mediator Debbie Cameron. We have pushed the Company as far as we could in order to get a new offer of Settlement put on the table. This proposal is not recommended by the bargaining committee.

At the end of the day, we have a new offer for our members to vote on, but it is not one that this committee was prepared to recommend. However, we have made a number of changes to the Company’s previous written offer dated May 26th. The entire memorandum will be posted on the website and circulated to members tomorrow. Here are the key points:

– Wages:                                        4%  – 3% – 3% – 4%

– Duration:                                    April 15, 2011 – April 14, 2015

– Defined Contribution:               Increase to 5.75% (+0.75%)

– LOU on Subcontracting 15 days notice if a Branch fails to comply with the
notification/consultation process under article 34.01

– LOU – Sparwood Rework of language; requirement to post staffing needs for Stat Holidays 8 weeks in advance; seek volunteers

This agreement moves us forward from the Company’s previous written offer, which was rejected by 92% of our membership. It makes some change in the Subcontracting and Sparwood LOU, but does not meet the goals we had set. It adds 1.25% in year one of the agreement (replacing the $1,000 signing bonus) and also adds .75% to the Defined Contribution Pension – effectively a 2% increase.

So why are we not recommending? Frankly, it does not meet our earlier proposal, which we had stated we would recommend. We reached a point in this process where we advised the Mediator that we would recommend an agreement that met our needs in respect of both Subcontracting language and the Sparwood LOU, and that brought us 4% in each year of a three year deal. At the end of the day, that deal was not on the table from Finning. On Subcontracting and Sparwood, they have come halfway.

At the same time, we recognize that with 700 IAMAW Members on Strike at 25 Finning branches around the Province, we have a responsibility to give those Members an opportunity to vote on this offer. All Picket lines will stay up during the ratification process. The vote will be conducted next week at all Branches, with a voting schedule to be posted online tomorrow.

We urge all members to review the Memorandum carefully before you cast your ballot. The result of this vote will be decided based upon a simple majority.

Stay Rock Solid!

Al Cyr                                          Stan Pickthall
acyr@iam250.org                      spickthall@iam250.org

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