Posted by Phil Andrews
The City of Guelph and the union its going to conciliation with in contract bargaining have issued duelling press releases.
Last week, the city issued this one:
GUELPH, ON, March 8 – The Ontario Ministry of Labour has appointed a conciliator following the City’s request for help in negotiating new collective agreements with the City’s CUPE unions.
“We value the work of all City employees in delivering important public services to our community,” said Ann Pappert, chief administrative officer. “We have been negotiating with CUPE since last fall and, while progress has been made, there are outstanding matters that are simply unaffordable for our taxpayers. Our goal is to negotiate affordable settlements that protect taxpayers’ interests and provide fair, equitable and competitive compensation to employees.”
If – after working with both parties – the conciliator reports a settlement is unlikely, the Minister of Labour may issue a “No Board” report. Seventeen days after the report is issued the unions would be in a legal strike position and the City would be in a legal lockout position, although the Minister may offer to provide a mediator to further help both parties to reach settlements.
Until a “No Board” report is issued, it is impossible to predict whether or when a strike or lockout might occur.
The City will continue to report on its progress toward reaching affordable collective agreements.
The City employs full-time and regular part-time positions in each of the CUPE bargaining units. CUPE 241 represents Guelph’s 345 full-time and regular part-time outside employees. CUPE 973 represents 228 full-time and regular part-time office employees and CUPE 1946 represents 129 full-time and regular part-time library employees. All CUPE collective agreements expired January 31.
On Monday, CUPE issued this:
CUPE Locals 1946, 973, AND 241 RESPOND TO CITY FILING FOR CONCILIATION
Guelph, Ont. March 12 2012 - Last Friday the City of Guelph issued a press release indicating that they have filed for conciliation and the Ministry of Labour has appointed a conciliator to assist with the negotiation process. This is the first time in memory that the City of Guelph has initiated this process instead of the Local Union's.
The three Union Local's have consistently tabled fair, equitable and affordable proposals to the City's negotiation team. While progress has been made the parties have reached an impasse. Conciliation is a part of the Collective Bargaining process and we have negotiated numerous agreements with the assistance of a conciliator.
We look forward to working with the City and the conciliator to obtain a negotiated settlement that is fair, equitable and affordable.