May 14th: First Meeting on Ground Rules with Management
On Monday, 14 May 2018, the negotiating team met with management’s team, to discuss ground rules for this round of contract bargaining.
Going in, our priority was to open up the bargaining process, as 93% of respondents to the recent bargaining survey, supported a proposal to do so.
In this, we won a partial victory on Monday. While management was not willing to accede to our proposal that any worker be able to attend any bargaining session during the coming negotiations, they have recognized our right to invite groups of workers to specific sessions, to speak to specific issues, and be present to show support and witness bargaining on them.