November 2 , 2012
Bargaining Update #2
October- November 2012
Your bargaining team met with the CPC negotiating team from October 29 to November 2 in Ottawa.
Some progress has been made on administrative items and there is still much work to be done.
The first significant change to the collective agreement proposed this week by the Corporation was a proposal called Final Offer Selection.
The team views this as a direct attack on our right to bargain a fair and equitable agreement.
What is a Final Offer?
Typically, the Union and the Employer each present a proposal covering outstanding issues and evidence to convince an arbitrator their proposals are the best. The arbitrator then selects one or the other, and that becomes part of the collective agreement. There is no room for compromise.
In our opinion Final Offer Selection is an approach that does not encourage better labour relations because:
- It takes away free and fair collective bargaining
- It removes the right of members to have a democratic say on their working conditions and collective agreement
- It is an all or nothing approach
We understand that often, in bargaining, hard decisions need to be made – but we believe that those are our decisions to make, not a third party who has no stake in the workplace.
We are disappointed but not surprised at the hard line approach taken by the Corporation in bargaining because we know there are many more ways than Final Offer Selection to achieve a collective agreement.
The team appreciates all the messages of support we have received to date - keep them coming! We meet again the week of December 10th and we will be discussing financial matters.
Your Bargaining team
Date Modified : 2012/11/02