Local 401 Union Contract Canadian Forces Negotiations Update

Attention: Staff of Non-Public Funds, Canadian Forces CFB Edmonton Garrison

As you know, your union is currently involved in negotiations with your employer for a renewal of your Union Contract. The parties met in person for direct negotiations on September 16, 17, and 18, 2015, in Edmonton. At those meetings, your union Bargaining Committee advanced our proposals for improving your terms and conditions of employment, which were gathered by way of surveys and proposal meetings with you, our union members.

The employer also brought a number of proposals to the bargaining table in an effort to gain improvements to the contract which suit their business needs and bottom line. Typically in negotiations, the parties will discuss and debate the proposed items and will ultimately come to a conclusion on the “non-monetary” items before moving on to the “monetary” items.

Bargaining this time around went well enough and the parties were successful in moving through and resolving the non-monetary items and then moved on to the monetary items on the final day of negotiations. The Bargaining Committee has provided the employer with an opening monetary offer that the employer has taken away for consideration. When we meet again later this fall, the expectation is that the employer will be providing the union Bargaining Committee with a response to that position.

Please watch the bulletin boards in your workplace and also check the union’s website at www.ufcw401.ca for more updates and information related to these ongoing negotiations.

As always, if you have any questions or workplace concerns, please contact your UFCW Local 401 Union Representative, Zig at 780-452-0362 or 1-800-252-7975.

In Solidarity,

Your Union Bargaining Committee