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Bargaining Update #1

Dear Members,

This is your first official bargaining update. Your bargaining team has been working hard on your behalf. Being transparent and keeping you informed is important to us.

We would like to start our first bargaining update with a disclaimer:

You will likely hear rumours about things being discussed at the bargaining table throughout the process. Everything discussed at the bargaining table is strictly confidential. We will provide you with updates during negotiations. Please consider any information that you hear outside of our updates a rumour. We ask that you please refrain from spreading rumours about bargaining.

Keeping our bargaining strategy confidential is for your benefit, as it strengthens our position at the bargaining table. Rest assured, your elected Bargaining Committee members are going to the table with integrity, dedication, and your best interest in mind during these negotiations.

If you hear something that concerns you, we want to hear from you. Please bring it to our attention by emailing or by visiting our website and filling out the following contact form.

Although we cannot go into detail for reasons of confidentiality, we are proud to announce that both sides have reached a Tentative Agreement with respect to the following articles (which will in part form the Collective Agreement):

  • Preamble

  • Amendments to the Agreement

  • Strike/Lockout

  • Probation

  • Deduction of Dues

  • Arbitration

  • Grievance Procedure

  • Discipline, Suspensions and Terminations

  • Management Rights

While we cannot provide you specific details in regards to these points, we would like to provide you with some context surrounding the tone and atmosphere in the room:

  • The Employer was present and engaged throughout the 4 days of collective bargaining.

  • Two of the days, bargaining with proposals and counter-proposals extended well into the evening, which demonstrated the willingness of both sides to make progress in this first week.

  • The dialogue between both sides was professional, civil, and realistic. It involved an open exchange in areas of concern for each party.

  • On several articles being negotiated, several rounds of proposals and counter-proposals were exchanged prior to tentative agreement on both sides.

  • We are pleased with the progress we made in several articles with respect to improvements from where we currently stand.

As the week progressed, you could sense a preliminary level of trust beginning to take root on both sides
— Chris Rauenbusch, President CUPE Local 4070 & Chair, Bargaining Committee

Upcoming bargaining dates (held in YYC unless otherwise indicated):

  • May 13 - 17

  • June 10 - 14

  • July 30 - Aug 2 to be held in YYZ

  • August 7 - 9, 22, 23, 26 - 29

  • September 9 - 12 to be held in YVR, 18 - 20, 25 - 27

  • October 21 - 25 to be held in YVR

  • November 4 - 7

In solidarity,

Your CUPE 4070 Bargaining Committee

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