ATU 569

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 569
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2014 November 25 Negotiations Report

Sent by: atu569   on: 22 ott '11   in: News

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!

Steve Bradshaw
President/Business Agent

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ATU Local 569 Action Committee Members

Sent by: atu569   on: 22 ott '11   in: News

Dear Sisters and Brothers of ATU Local 569,

The Action Committee of our local has formed!  In partnership with the International Union, we began on August 26, 2014 and are now strategizing around the issue of getting air conditioning in the entire ETS fleet. 

But this isn’t the only issue around which to organize.  It connects with so many other important issues. Our members are concerned about reducing assaults on Transit workers, achieving personal needs relief in our schedules and many more important issues. So the AC committee will have a much broader mandate and will be called the Action Committee.

Regarding air conditioning – we are currently researching the status of air conditioning for buses in the current and upcoming 2015 budgets. Remember, November is budget month at City Council; now is the time to lobby Councillors for any budget items, including air conditioning in buses. This is a first step, and many more will follow.
  Increasing the numbers of involved and active members, both from within our local and out in the greater community, will increase our power to take action and effect change. Building a stronger framework of participation is the way we will tackle present, and future, important issues.

To help build coalitions with rider groups and solidarity among ourselves, ATU Local 569, in conjunction with ATU International, will soon be providing training opportunities for those of us who want to be more involved and effective union activists. We are tentatively planning for this to take place Saturday of October 11, 2014. 

Stay tuned for more information on the training and be sure to attend our next Action Committee meeting on Thursday, September 18, 7 pm. Look for a notice in the upcoming newsletter and please come, bring your ATU member friends, and get active!

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