Everyday the Bargaining Committee hears the praises sung about how amazing all of you are out there on the picket lines, and even though we are not always able to be out there with you, we are always in regular contact with our Job Action Committee Chair Peter DeGroot and other members of CUPE 391. We know how hard this is for everyone, including our patrons, and we cannot tell you how much we respect and appreciate your endless strength and support. Every day we hear from you that we are doing the right thing by standing up for our rights.
Today has been a challenging day for the Bargaining Committee. We have been meeting for most of the day discussing recent developments and possible strategies that will help us get closer to a fair settlement. We are still very upset about how much time the Employer is taking to respond to our amended proposals.
Needless to say, our message to the Employer is clear and has not changed. We want a fair collective agreement without concessions that deals with our local and key issues including pay equity, improved rights for part time and auxiliary workers, improved benefits and job security. We will meet with them anytime and anywhere to negotiate a fair agreement, including over the long weekend.
We will continue working on your behalf and will keep you posted as more information becomes available.
The Bargaining Committee