Dear Brothers and Sisters:
I received a copy of the "no board report" from the Ontario Ministry of Labour at the end of last week. We will be in a legal strike/ lockout position on March 19, 2014. This does not mean we will immediately be on strike or locked out. The National President of Unifor has to authorize a strike and, at this point, he has not. To be prepared in case we are locked out or on strike, Unifor is providing Strike Captain training this week. The strike committee has been hard at work preparing for whatever needs to be done to get a fair deal.
On Friday March 14, 2014 we will be in mediation to try to find a fair settlement and I am hopeful that we can. It will depend on how motivated the PIPSC negotiating team is to find a deal. We are asking everyone to wear their Unifor t-shirt on Friday. New buttons are being made and will be circulated this week. Please show your support for your bargaining team by wearing your Unifor button.
Only by standing together will we achieve the best possible settlement for ourselves and our families.
On behalf of your bargaining team,
President, Unifor local 3011