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Unifor Local 103 Ontario Northland

Unifor Local 103 is in bargaining with the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission. The local represents more than 350 workers in who work a variety of classifications, including clerical, on-board passenger train service, yard office, stores, mechanical and hotel staff.

Campaign Update

Unifor Local 103 reach a Tentative Agreement with Ontario Northland

2/18/2019 -

At 2:40 a.m. EST this morning, the Unifor Local 103 Bargaining Committee reached a tentative agreement with the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) to renew all five Unifor Agreements that expired on December 31, 2018. 

“I want to congratulate our bargaining committee on their hard work in attaining a fair settlement during challenging times at ONTC,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.

Unifor represents more than 350 workers at Ontario Northland who work a variety of classifications, including clerical, on-board passenger train service, yard office, stores, freight sheds, hotel staff and mechanical shop craft workers.

Ontario Northland is a provincial Crown agency of the government of Ontario.

“I am extremely proud of the work of or bargaining committee and the solidarity they showed during what was at times a stressful and difficult round of bargaining,” said Local 103 President Andy Mitchell.  “We worked very hard in the interests of our members and made some significant improvements.” 

The agreements are subject to ratification by the Local 103 membership at ONTC.  Details will not be released until ratification meetings are held.  The Local is in the process of finalizing a ratification schedule that will start on Thursday and wrap up this time next week.  Details will be published to the membership once finalized.

In Solidarity,

Local 103 Bargaining Committee:

Andy Mitchell – President
Jane Krajc – Vice President, Agreement 1 Bargaining Committee Rep (Clerical)
Valerie Kennedy – Agreement 4 Bargaining Committee Rep (Stores & Transportation)
Tina Irwin – Agreement 5 Bargaining Committee Rep (Passenger Rail Services)
Julie Fasano – Agreement 9 Bargaining Committee Rep (Cochrane Station Inn)
Michel Lavergne – Agreement 12 Unit Chair
Andrew Chapman – Agreement 12 Bargaining Committee Rep (Cochrane Shops)
Andrew Jackson – Agreement 12 Bargaining Committee Rep (North Bay Shops)
Laurie Meilleur - Secretary Treasurer, Agreement 1 Bargaining Committee Rep (Clerical)
Barry Kennedy – National Representative, Unifor

Unifor responds to Ontario Northland’s New Drug and Alcohol Policy

2/8/2019 -

On January 18, 2019, Ontario Northland formalized and issued a new Drug and Alcohol Policy to ONTC employees.  A draft policy was sent to Unifor on November 7, 2018, but we had no formal discussions on this draft as we had not yet received all the documents that formed this new policy (Appendices A and B).  Consequently, we were surprised to see the policy issued before we had the opportunity, as the certified bargaining agent, to review the full context of the policy and meet to discuss our concerns and propose amendments.

On January 28, 2019, Unifor National Representative Barry Kennedy wrote Ontario Northland to highlight Unifor’s concerns with the following parts of this policy:

  • Prevention, Assistance & Treatment
  • Searches and Inspections
  • Testing after Accidents and Incidents
  • Post Treatment and Post-Violation
  • Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) levels of 0.02
  • Safety Sensitive Position of Unifor Local 103

We sent another letter on February 3rd that reiterated our concerns and the manner by which ONTC requires members to sign and acknowledge the policy.  We also informed the ONTC that when signing “Appendix A” we are instructing our membership to write the following statement with their acknowledgement:

My signature regarding compliance is without prejudice to and pending any intervention that may be made by my bargaining agent.

We are planning to have discussions with ONTC on the new Drug and Alcohol Policy during next week’s bargaining sessions.

Unifor Local 103 continues negotiations with Ontario Northland

2/8/2019 -

Unifor Local 103 continued negotiations with the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) from January 28 to February 1 in North Bay.  Bargaining focused largely on work rule demands for Agreement 1.  On Friday afternoon, discussions turned to Agreement 4.  Talks were productive.  The Company still has some proposals on the table that concern us, but we will continue to address theses in the best interests of our membership in mind as we continue bargaining. 

Bargaining will continue next week (February 11-15) and through the weekend if necessary in hopes of securing a fair settlement that will be subject to ratification by our 350 members at Ontario Northland.  Agreement 1 and 5 issues will continue to be addressed on the 11th, Agreements 4 and 9 proposals on the 12th, and Agreement 12 proposals will be bargained from Wednesday onward.

Bargaining Update

11/28/2018 -

On Tuesday, November 27 , Unifor Local 103's Bargaining Committee officially opened negotiations with the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) to renew and amend our five collective agreements. All five agreements expire on December 31, 2018.

"Your bargaining committee has never been so determined to make reasonable gains in all our Unifor Collective Agreements at Ontario Northland,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.  

“This year has been a very busy year, with the transfer of our pension plan, layoffs and the continued transformation of our shops.  And with the introduction of new technologies in all our agreements, this will all make for a crucial round of bargaining,” said Andy Mitchell, President of Local 103.  “Our members submitted their bargaining surveys and sent a clear message to the bargaining committee as to what their priorities are for this round.”

During Tuesday’s session, Unifor presented and explained their various bargaining proposals to the Company.  On Wednesday, ONTC will present theirs.

Negotiations will continue through to Thursday.

In solidarity,

Local 103 Bargaining Committee:

Andy Mitchell – President

Jane Krajc – Vice President, Agreement 1 Bargaining Committee Rep (Clerical)

Valerie Kennedy – Agreement 4 Bargaining Committee Rep (Stores & Transportation)

Tina Irwin – Agreement 5 Bargaining Committee Rep (Passenger Rail Services)

Julie Fasano – Agreement 9 Bargaining Committee Rep (Cochrane Station Inn)     

Michel Lavergne – Agreement 12 Unit Chair           

Andrew Chapman – Agreement 12 Bargaining Committee Rep (Cochrane Shops)           

Andrew Jackson – Agreement 12 Bargaining Committee Rep (North Bay Shops)

Barry Kennedy – National Representative, Unifor