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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Farewell To A Devoted Trade Unionist Brother Bruce Richards October 03, 2010

Bruce RichardsFormerly employed as a Millwright/Engine Fitter at Vancouver Shipyards, Bruce was the historian for those of us who came into Union service within the District. No matter the question – be it on the Union’s bylaws, the names of long retired activists, or the procedures for filing for Strike Pay, Bruce was our local authority. He served as a Trustee on the Local Lodge Pension Plan and the Health and Benefits Plan; many of our members are beneficiaries of the years of work he put into these activities. He Moved on to the position of Secretary Treasurer where he retired in January 2005.

Brother Richards often sacrificed his personal time and his family life in service of bettering the work lives of those he served, including IAM Cares and Camp Jubilee.  After he retired as an employee of the Union, he continued working for both his Local Lodge and the District he helped to form.

Bruce, you will be dearly missed by all who knew and worked with you for so many years. You leave a huge hole in our personal lives and in our Union.
Go in peace, brother.
We thank you for the strength of your example.

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The Northwest News – October 2009

 

NW News Fall 2009

Fall 2009

In This Issue

  • Labour Day 2009
  • Democracy and Ballots
  • Federal Politics and Canadian Workers   
  • In Memoriam – Brother Kropinak  
  • LL219 Merged Into LL456   
  • LL2710 Merged Into LL692  
  • Bargaining Updates    
  • Cullen Diesel Power Arbitration    
  • Photo Page  
  • A Brief History of Auto Mechanic Trade   
  • DL250 Prepared For Recession  
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Northwest News – Fall 2008

NW News Fall 2008

Fall 2008

In This Issue

  • 120th Anniversary of Machinists Union
  • DBR Brian Brown is remembered
  • DL 250 President’s Message
  • LL 1857 50th Anniversary Picnic
  • The Big Question
  • FDR and Freedom From Fear
  • The Law Committee
  • Convention Highlights
  • Delta Wing Wins Award
  • Resolutions and Amendments
  • DL 250 Delegate Meeting
  • DL 250 Staff Election
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