Josh Mandryk, labour activist and Juris Doctor candidate of law at the University of Toronto faculty of law, wrote an article for the Broadbent Institute about Merit Canada and its lobby campaign that targets unions and union leaders with an end goal of lowering wages for workers, specifically in the construction industry. Read Josh's article here.
After the membership rejected a negotiated tentative agreement in early September, the final contract offer from Emera Utility Services was ratified by a slim majority (34-31). Voting took place between September 25th and 27th and the results were tallied on Monday September 30th. This outside construction contract contains one of the highest per diems in Canada. Highlights include:
We trust that this ratified contract will help Emera Utility Services secure steady future work for 1928's outside construction members.
On September 27, the PEI Labour Board approved the merger of IBEW Locals 1928 and 1432. We welcome the approximately 200 outside contstruction members from 1432 who will now stand under the 1928 banner. These members work for Maritime Electric, City of Summerside, and University of PEI.
Other than a change of Local number, we plan to maintain "business-as-usual" for our PEI members as much as possible. We will maintain an office at the union hall in Charlottetown (though it will not be staffed 8 hours a day) and regular unit meetings. Several PEI members will attend shop steward school on October 7 and 8 in Truro. Business Manager Jeff Richardson, who lives in central Nova Scotia, will be over to the Island regularly. He has been taking over many of the responsibilities from past Business Manager, Brother Ray McBride, who is looking forward to finally being able to retire. We would like to thank Ray, and also Marlene in the Local 1432 office, for their many years of service to the Local and their patience during the merger process.
On the same day, the PEI Labour Board also approved the merger of inside construction members from Local 1432 under the banner of Local 625; that Local's office is also located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Note that Maritime Electric negotiations begin the first week in November.
For any members who are working in the construction industry (yours is an "A"-type membership in the IBEW), we have created a Frequently Asked Questions document about monthly dues, and maintaining your union membership status when you are working in another Local's jurisdiction or you are laid off. Download a pdf of the Dues FAQ for "A" Members.
After construction members voted down the tentative agreement reached at the end of August with Emera Utility Services (EUS), the negotiating committees were back at the table last week. The following are highlights of the final offer from EUS:
This is the final offer from EUS. If this offer is not approved, conciliation is the next step and everything is back on the table for negotiation. Voting takes place on Wednesday, September 25th at the New Glasgow Holiday Inn from 3pm to 5pm. Votes will be held the same day for members working for EUS in Ontario and Newfoundland. Voting will also take place at the union office in Bayer's Lake on Friday September 27th from 9am to 5pm.