NEGOTIATIONS REPORT November 25, 2014
Today is November 25, 2014. Our contracts, 1 for Edmonton Transit and 1 for Edmonton Transit – DATS, expired on December 28, 2013, almost a year ago. ATU Local 569 has been in negotiations with the City since we exchanged proposals back in March of this year. Of the 6 partners in the Coalition of Edmonton Civic Unions, 4, including us, are in the same bargaining timing. Only the Firefighters and UFCW (who represent workers at the Shaw Centre) are not bargaining.
Besides us, CSU 52 (representing the office & professional workers), CUPE Local 30 (representing the City’s outside workers) and IBEW Local 1007 (representing the City’s electrical workers) are without a contract and have been bargaining all year. The Coalition meets at least every 2 weeks to plan and strategize how to move forward to a fair deal with the City.
We’ve met 12 times at the Transit Main table and 10 times at the Transit DATS table. To date, we’ve signed off 17 memoranda at the main table and 18 at the DATS table. None of them involve monetary issues. And therein lies the problem.
City council has designated a “mandate” – an amount that represents the total they’re prepared to put up to achieve a settlement. The Unions – all 4 of us plus our partners who have a deal – disagree that a fair and reasonable contract can be achieved within the “mandate”.
The Coalition Unions have worked hard to plan and strategize how to get to a fair deal. This week, CUPE Local 30 has been in mediation with the City to try to break the impasse. We haven’t heard yet how they made out, but other Coalition Presidents are sitting in to observe the meetings. CSU 52 is ready to head for mediation and the paperwork is on my desk to file for mediation at our DATS table.
We have 1 more meeting scheduled for our main table – December 01. Your negotiating Committee is meeting Thursday morning, November 27, to hammer out a “gotta have” list. We’ll take it to the table on the 1st with the expectation that we’ll get significantly closer to a deal.
Meanwhile, by way of trying to keep the most members possible up-to-date, the Coalition is sponsoring a TELEPHONE TOWN HALL MEETING. The meeting will go on Thursday evening, November 27. The announcement calls are scheduled to go out on Tuesday, today, and the TOWNHALL goes live at 7 pm Thursday. All you have to do is answer our call and you’ll automatically be hooked up. Please join us and hear all 4 Coalition Presidents give their updates and field questions from their memberships. Talk to you there!