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Bargaining Update: Round 4

Dear Members,

Your Bargaining Committee met with the Employer for our fourth round of Collective Bargaining in Toronto from July 30 - August 2.

Your Bargaining Committee is working hard on your behalf, towards a strong and effective Collective Agreement.

The following items were on the agenda for this round:

  • Layoff and Recall

  • Union Flight Release

  • Sick Leave

  • Vacation and Stat Holiday Periods

This round of bargaining concluded with the following article signed off in Tentative Agreement:

  • Union Flight Release

Day two of bargaining saw the exchange of proposals on Sick Leave. Both proposals presented significant differences, however, both also contained some unique and interesting concepts.

The main concept and language presented by the Employer had many elements which referred to and relied upon details of articles which have yet to be negotiated.

When pressed for details on these items, the Employer advised us that we would negotiate those details when the time came. Based on this, in the interest of our members, the committee agreed unanimously to propose postponing the negotiation of the Sick Leave Article until the later stages of Collective Bargaining. The Employer agreed and the article has been parked for the time being.

Proposals for Layoff and Recall were tabled. Both sides’ proposals were detailed, and a number of changes were agreed to as the negotiations continued. Despite that, there remained one major issue upon which the parties could not agree. The position of the Employer was firm, and as your Bargaining Committee, we could not agree to this term, as it was presented.

Round 4 of bargaining concluded without reaching an agreement on Layoff and Recall, and Sick Leave.

Two of the bargaining days lasted in excess of 12 hours, which demonstrates that both sides are willing to be engaged in the process. It also shows that we, as your Bargaining Committee, are not ready to simply agree and sign off on an article just to move on. The two parked articles will be brought back to the table later in bargaining. Vacation and Stat Holiday Periods will be discussed next round.

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Round 5 of bargaining is scheduled to take place Wednesday to Friday (August 7 - 9) in Calgary. As your Bargaining Committee, we remain united in our commitment to bring a suitable Tentative Agreement to you for ratification.

We will carry on next week with other topics. Rest assured, we will not back away, and we are not willing to sign off on anything we feel will undermine our members.

On the agenda for round 5 are the following topics:

  • Vacation and Stat Holiday Periods

  • Commuting

  • Travel Privileges

If you have any questions about the Collective Bargaining process, please feel free to contact the Bargaining Committee at

In Solidarity,
Your CUPE Local 4070 Bargaining Committee