Local 2215 - IMP Bargaining Update 2023

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UPDATE: We have a revised tentative

November 9, 2023

Dear members,

After discussions with the company this afternoon, we have reached a revised tentative offer. 

This means we will not strike at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, November 10.

However, the 72-hour notice will remain in effect until we either ratify or reject this most recent offer from the company. If the tentative is rejected by the membership, the union will be in a legal strike position and able to walk out at any time.

The bargaining committee is securing space for a ratification vote that will happen after the long weekend. We thank you all for the incredible participation and your commitment to winning a fair deal.

Questions?

As always, you can read these updates (and share them with others) on the Local’s Bargaining Website, and can always ask questions of your bargaining committee members and stewards in the workplace.

Do you have more questions? Email the President and Unit Chairperson at @email.

We look forward to seeing you next week to vote on this revised tentative.

Your Local 2215 Bargaining Committee:

Cole Landry
Danny Welch
Dean Meyer
Kaley Harnish
Kelly LeBlanc
Kim Thornhill
Darlene McIvor, Unifor National Representative


IMP Aerospace members to begin strike action on Friday

November 7, 2023

HALIFAX - Unifor Local 2215 members working at IMP Aerospace in Hammonds Plains and Enfield have issued a 72-hour notice that a strike will begin at both locations on Friday, November 10 at 1:00 p.m.

“Our members at IMP Aerospace provide important and skilled work,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “They are looking for an agreement that is reflective of these economic times given the growing cost of living in the region.”

Unifor members at IMP Aerospace work as airframe mechanics, avionics technicians, aircraft painters, cable assemblers, stores controllers, electronic techs, and maintenance workers. 

“Taking more than 320 workers out on strike and impacting those families is never an easy decision. We felt a responsibility as a bargaining committee to show members what the company was willing to offer and let them decide if it was enough to avoid a strike,” said Kelly LeBlanc, President of Local 2215. “Members were loud and clear that the offer simply didn’t address the affordability crisis we all find ourselves in right now.” 

Other issues included the structure of paid time off and how the implementation of the legislated 10 paid sick days for federally-regulated workers will impact the overall agreement.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.


UPDATE: We have a tentative agreement

Dear members,

In the early hours of Thursday, November 2, the bargaining committee and the employer reached a tentative agreement.

We are now planning a ratification meeting where we will be able to share all the details of the tentative and answer any questions you may have. Notices are being posted in the workplace with information.

Please make every effort to attend this meeting as this will be the only time we can all sit together to discuss the details, make sure everyone understands what will change with the proposed agreement, and answer your questions.

TENTATIVE AGREEMENT Q&A AND RATIFICATION VOTE

WHEN:        Monday, November 6, 2023
                     3:00 p.m.

WHERE:      Waverley Legion, 2234 Rocky Lake Road

IMPORTANT: Paid time to vote

Please note we have negotiated with the employer for Day Shift to end at 2:00 p.m. and the Night Shift to have a delayed start at 6:00 p.m. and members will be paid as normal.

Questions?

As always, you can read these updates (and share them with others) on the Local’s Bargaining Website, and can always ask questions of your bargaining committee members and stewards in the workplace.

Do you have more questions? Email the President and Unit Chairperson at @email.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday at the Legion.

Your Local 2215 Bargaining Committee:

Cole Landry
Danny Welch
Dean Meyer
Kaley Harnish
Kelly LeBlanc
Kim Thornhill
Darlene McIvor, Unifor National Representative


UPDATE: Tuesday, October 31

Dear members,

Monday’s meeting with the employer did not result in a deal. The committee worked until near midnight to work through as much as we could, but ultimately there is still need for further talks.

We will meet with the employer again tomorrow, Wednesday, November 1. 

Possible strike

As you know, we are nearing the date where the union can give 72-hour notice to strike.

We want you to know we would not take this decision lightly and we remain determined to negotiate hard with the employer to secure the best deal possible for all of us.

Should negotiations reach a point where the committee simply can’t accept what the employer is offering and there is no opportunity for further discussion, then and only then will we issue notice to strike and take our fight to the picket line. 

We are ready to fight, if that becomes necessary.

Your solidarity is keeping us going

This is a tense time for every member of Local 2215 and it is not easy for you to sit and wait for a decision that will affect your daily work life and your income. We understand the responsibility we hold as your elected bargaining committee and we value your support and solidarity immensely, especially now as we reach this critical juncture.

Please watch your email for important notifications in the coming days and weeks.

Questions?

As always, you can read these updates (and share them with others) on the Local’s Bargaining Website, and can always ask questions of your bargaining committee members and stewards in the workplace.

Do you have more questions? Email the President and Unit Chairperson at @email.

Thank you for your solidarity and support. It is needed now more than ever as we push to secure a fair agreement before initiating a strike.

Your Local 2215 Bargaining Committee:

Cole Landry
Danny Welch
Dean Meyer
Kaley Harnish
Kelly LeBlanc
Kim Thornhill
Darlene McIvor, Unifor National Representative
 

UPDATE: Strike Deadline Approaching

Hello members,

We met the employer in mediation on Monday, October 23, without any success. The final mediation date is set for this coming Monday, October 30.

Strike or Lock-out notice can be given as early as November 1.

Your bargaining committee is still working hard to get a deal and is committed to the mediation process.

That said, you have given us a strong strike mandate, and the committee and Unifor National are preparing for the possibility of using it.

The union can serve 72 hours’ notice of a strike leading up to the end of the cooling period. The employer will also have the same time frame to give notice for a lock-out.  That means notice of either a strike or lock-out could go out as early as 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 1.

So, what happens next?

  • Preparations are underway at the Local and National level to ensure all necessary supports are in place should a strike or lock-out occur.
  • Strike action could begin as early as 12:00 a.m., Saturday, November 4.
  • In the event of a strike or lock-out, information will be sent to your personal email. If you have not been receiving these updates in your email, please contact the Local to ensure your contact information is updated.

The Local is continuing to make plans for the picket lines, including assigning roles such as Picket Captains, creating a schedule of shifts at each workplace, and preparing documentation for members to receive strike pay and benefits.

Please watch your email for important notifications in the coming days and weeks.

As always, you can read these updates (and share them with others) on the Local’s Bargaining Website, and can always ask questions of your bargaining committee members and stewards in the workplace.

Do you have more questions? Email the President and Unit Chairperson at @email.

Thank you for your solidarity and support. It is needed now more than ever as we push to secure a fair agreement before initiating a strike.

Your Local 2215 Bargaining Committee:

Cole Landry
Danny Welch
Dean Meyer
Kaley Harnish
Kelly LeBlanc
Kim Thornhill
Darlene McIvor, Unifor National Representative


UPDATE: The 21-Day Cooldown Period Has Begun

Hello members,

We have completed the conciliation process, and the employer is still not meeting your demands, so we are now into the 21-day waiting period before a strike. 

We will be in a legal strike position as of November 3, 2023.

Your bargaining committee understands you want us to reach a deal as soon as possible. This understanding has informed our approach at the table throughout bargaining, and armed with your 97.6% strike vote, is what we have communicated to the employer.

We have a meeting scheduled with a mediator and the employer on October 23, 2023. The employer has one last chance to ease its concessions and deliver a reasonable offer.

So, what happens next?

  • The 21-day cooldown period runs from October 13 to November 3, 2023.
  • The union can serve 72 hours’ notice of a strike leading up to the end of the cooling period. The employer will also have the same time frame to give notice for a lock-out. 
  • The 72 hours’ notice would mean workers would be on the picket line as early as November 3, 2023 or anytime thereafter.

During this cooling period, the Local will be preparing plans for the picket lines, including assigning roles such as Picket Captains, creating a schedule of shifts at each workplace, and preparing documentation for members to receive strike pay and benefits.

Please watch your email for important notifications in the coming days and weeks. 

As always, you can read these updates (and share them with others) on the Local’s Bargaining Website, and can always ask questions of your bargaining committee members and stewards in the workplace. 

Do you have more questions? Email the President and Unit Chairperson at @email.

Thank you for your solidarity and support. It is needed now more than ever as we push to secure a fair agreement before initiating a strike.

Your Local 2215 Bargaining Committee:
Cole Landry
Danny Welch
Dean Meyer
Kaley Harnish
Kelly LeBlanc
Kim Thornhill
Darlene McIvor, Unifor National Representative


Bargaining Update, September 21, 2023

A tale of two workforces

Hello members,

Many of you have approached your union representatives with frustration over the company’s memo regarding Truth and Reconciliation Day.

In the memo, they advise that since the federal statutory holiday falls on a Saturday this year, they will not be providing a paid day in lieu for unionized workers, since they are not legally required to.

Had the memo ended there, it might have been acceptable, since that is in fact the way many workplaces are handling this stat holiday.

BUT

… the next line continues, saying that non-unionized employees *will* be given time in lieu.

We hear you loud and clear. This lopsided, preferential treatment of supervisory staff and the by-the-minimum-standards treatment of unionized workers is unacceptable.

This is the reason we must work together to do better. The employer will not do the right thing unless they are mandated to. They must be contractually obligated to operate with integrity. Equity must be printed in black and white. The union must fight -- not just negotiate, but fight – for every possible consideration, fair treatment, and right.

The union fights for your rights

Unifor fights for Racial Justice Advocates, Women’s Advocates and many other provisions that seek equity for marginalized groups and protects disrespected workers. 

Unifor is YOU. It’s us, working together to make a better workplace. So, with our 97.6% strike mandate, we will continue through October’s upcoming conciliation dates and keep this memo in mind as we negotiate our next agreement.

We hope you’ll be ready to stand with us to get IMP to do better.

As always, you can read these updates (and share them with others) on the Local’s Bargaining Website, and can always ask questions of your bargaining committee members and stewards in the workplace. 

Do you have more questions? Email the President and Unit Chairperson at @email.

Thank you for your solidarity and support.

Your Local 2215 Bargaining Committee:
Cole Landry
Danny Welch
Dean Meyer
Kaley Harnish
Kelly LeBlanc
Kim Thornhill
Darlene McIvor, Unifor National Representative


Bargaining Update, September 14, 2023

A strong strike mandate; postponed conciliation dates

Hello members,

First, we want to share our thanks to every single one of you who came out to cast a ballot for the strike mandate. We were able to secure a vote of 97.6% in favour of a strike! This puts us in a strong, united position in negotiations with the employer.

If you missed the media release about the result on the Unifor website, click here to read it. You may have also read about us on AllNovaScotia.com (a paywalled business news site), or on Saltwire.com.

You’re helping us say loud and clear that we are ready for a fair deal, and we’re willing to do what it takes to get there.

Updates on Conciliation

We have been meeting with the employer this week in scheduled conciliation meetings. However, we have had to postpone today and tomorrow’s meetings due to a case of Covid among essential negotiation personnel.

Dates are to be confirmed, but they should take place either the first or second week of October.

We apologize for this delay, as we know you’re as eager as we are to get an agreement. We will send another update once we have confirmed dates.

Expected Timelines

This also means that we will extend the 60-day period for negotiations until after those conversations. And remember, once conciliation ends, there will be a 21-day cooling period and following that, either party can give 72 hours’ notice of a strike or lockout.

As always, you can read these updates (and share them with others!) on the Local’s Bargaining Website, and can always ask questions of your bargaining committee members and stewards in the workplace. 

Do you have more questions? Email the President and Unit Chairperson at @email.

Thank you for your solidarity and support.

Your Local 2215 Bargaining Committee:
Cole Landry
Danny Welch
Dean Meyer
Kaley Harnish
Kelly LeBlanc
Kim Thornhill
Darlene McIvor, Unifor National Representative


Bargaining Update, August 31, 2023

Local 2215 to hold a strike authorization vote 

Hello members,

Today we have started notifying members of an important meeting on Monday, September 11 at the Waverley Legion. At this meeting, you will have the opportunity to vote to authorize strike action. 

The higher the percentage of YES votes, the stronger our bargaining position is with the employer. Please make every effort to attend this meeting. There will not be another opportunity to cast your vote and the vote is held via paper ballot, in person.

Answers to some frequently asked questions are below and we encourage you to reach out to us if you have other concerns. 

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the Legion on Monday, September 11!


FAQ about the Strike Authorization Vote process

Why are we holding a strike vote?

This is a standard union procedure during bargaining where all members show the employer how important their demands are, and that the membership is willing to withhold labour (stop work) in order to get a fair contract.

I'm busy that day. How important is it that I vote?

VERY. Please make every effort to attend the vote. A strong strike mandate gives the bargaining committee the power to push for a better contract for you. You can show the employer how serious you are about wages, benefits and working condition improvements by voting YES.

Does voting 'yes' mean we are going on strike immediately after the vote?

NO. A vote to authorize a strike means that members have given their approval for the bargaining committee to call a strike if the committee believes that striking is the only way to achieve a fair contract. A strike is one tool in the toolbox and is often used as a last resort when important issues are unresolved.

How would the bargaining committee communicate that a strike has been called?

You will be notified at least 24 hours in advance through email, on the Local’s Bargaining Website, and by bargaining committee members and stewards in the workplace.  

Do you have more questions? Email the President and Unit Chairperson at @email, or speak with a bargaining committee member or your steward.


July 20 Member Update

Dear Members,
 
Thursday, July 20, 2023, the union filed for conciliation.
 
This process involves bringing in a third party to facilitate conversations between the union and the employer and, importantly, provides deadlines to prevent negotiations from stalling or taking longer than they need to.  
 
The Local arranged for the National union to send a media release on our behalf to draw attention to our negotiations and advise local reporters about the conciliation filing. The text sent to reporters is available to read on unifor.org/news.
 
Contact your Shop Steward or a member of the bargaining committee if you have any questions. We will keep you informed as the conciliation process moves forward.
 
In solidarity,

Your Local 2215 Bargaining Committee:

Cole Landry
Danny Welch
Dean Meyer
Kaley Harnish
Kelly LeBlanc
Kim Thornhill
Darlene McIvor, Unifor National Representative


June 28 Update - First meeting with the employer

Dear members,

Your Bargaining Committee has been at the bargaining table with IMP from June 21-23, 2023.

We are encouraged to be bargaining once more, and eager to have this opportunity to present your concerns to the employer. 

These initial days are about each side sharing their proposals and determining where we align – and where we don’t. Our next meetings will be followed by updates to you via email. 

The union does not bargain in public so that we can maintain all strategic advantages possible, but we will use email to update you as often as possible. We would ask all members to not listen to the Employer for updates or entertain rumours that may come up during the bargaining process. Please reach out to your local union representatives for additional information or with questions and ensure the bargaining committee has your personal email address on file. 

We would like to thank the membership for their continuing support. 

In solidarity,

Your Local 2215 Bargaining Committee:

Cole Landry
Danny Welch
Dean Meyer
Kaley Harnish
Kelly LeBlanc
Kim Thornhill
Darlene McIvor, Unifor National Representative