The CUPE 3906 Unit 2 Bargaining Team met in conciliation with the Employer on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 and Wednesday, October 21, 2020. “Conciliation” refers to contract negotiations that are assisted by a government-appointed Conciliation Officer, who tries to help the parties reach agreement before they can initiate a strike or lockout deadline.
The implications of the Conservative Party’s Bill 124 continued to make negotiations difficult and frustrating for both parties. The legislation limits compensation to 1% per year over the first 3 years of a contract.
Aside from the implications of Bill 124, the Employer refused to cede ground on job security, training, and the proration of 3-unit positions.
Both parties are returning to the table in the near future to continue negotiations. The Bargaining team would like to thank members again for the strong show of support through the 81% strike mandate.