20 Dec Via Rail Engineers Collective Agreement
Together, we presented common economic proposals for the three collective agreements and non-common economic proposals for Local 100 Agreement 3 and Council 4000 Agreements 1 and 2. Council 4000 has expressed concerns about excessive part-time work, jobs and hours, while Local 100 continues to operate the fleet replacement program, in which VIA 32 will introduce new trains for use in Quebec and Ontario. The Union is committed to ensuring that repairs and maintenance of this new fleet continue to be carried out by 100 local members. The two negotiating committees remain committed to reaching the best possible agreement and are working hard to secure benefits for all members. Discussions focused on part-time workers, including the UNION`s position that the group is abusing its intention to introduce part-time provisions in collective agreements. Unifor continued negotiations with the national passenger company via Rail Canada during the week of January 28-31. The negotiation committees of Unifor, the National Council 4000 (1600 members who served The Agreements 1 and 2) and Local 100 (600 members who served the agreement 3) met with the Crown group last week in Montreal. For Local 100 members, the first step in supporting a stronger contract is to add your name to the growing list of members who commit to staying at Unifor and saying no to the NSC`s aggression. Start signing your join.unifor.org/viarail card today. The progress of this conciliation procedure is one of the instruments we have as a union to strengthen our power at the negotiating table, set fixed dates with the employer and remain strong in our demands. We need the unanimous support of Members to achieve these goals.
How can members help secure a better contract? The first step in your support for a stronger contract is to add your name to the growing list of members who are committed to staying at Unifor and say no to the NSC`s aggression. Start today by applying for your join.unifor.org/viarail card. The conciliation procedure is intended to help the parties resolve their differences. The conciliation officer has a 60-day mandate that can be mutually renewed between the parties. A 21-day cooling-off period begins at the end of the mediation period described above. During this period, the Minister of Labour may appoint a mediator who will continue to assist the parties in reaching an agreement. We are not rushing into these negotiations. At this critical time, the railwaymen deserve the best possible deal, and we can only win it if we turn our backs and fight for what we deserve.
With negotiations approaching a critical period for both groups, Unifor`s railway members must stick together. “Unifor members are eager to provide passengers today and in the next generation of rail infrastructure with the highest quality service. These negotiating teams are experienced and ready to represent workers in the fight for a fair contract. The current collective agreements expired on December 31, 2019. No strike vote was held. The Council 4000 is in a position to fight against concessions made on the basis of estoppels. Estoppel is a legal protection instrument that is used when a party to the collective agreement yields or contradicts an earlier agreement, but Unifor does not agree with the company`s assertion or with the concessions. Their working conditions are not affected, with collective agreements expiring on 31 December 2019. The negotiating committee remains committed to reaching the best possible agreement and is working hard to achieve results for all members. Discussions have been slow and important issues continue to impede mutual agreement. Last week, Unifor filed a complaint with the federal Minister of Labour and sought the support of the Federal Conciliation and Conciliation Service (CSMF) in our collective bargaining with VIA Rail for the renewal of collective agreements 1 and 2, which have 1,700 members of the Unifor 4000 Council.