March 2, 2002



In the near future Local Delegates will participate in the first step of formulating contract demands at the Area Council level of the Union. The Contract expires in less than a year, and contract talks commence prior to the end of the contract.

Employees will be able to submit their contract changes at some point in the future, and you will be notified of this process and deadlines.

Good contracts are won in the workplace, not merely on the picket line or at the bargaining table. The Local Executive and delegates will put forward issues of concern in the Local to the negotiation committee. At the same time, once the negotiations start in earnest, it is important that CPC hears our concerns, and that we back the National Union’s position.

Currently the Employer is attempting to foster a feeling of a “love in” where all concerns are addressed and they wish to reduce grievances. Do not be fooled, the Employer does not have your best interest at heart; they are attempting to position themselves for the upcoming contract talks. At any point in time they may revert to their “past practice”.

Collective bargaining is a power relationship and the unity of our local membership is the most important source of power we have as a Union or Local.

You will be informed of future Contract Negotiation information as it becomes available.

In Solidarity

Mike Duquette
Scarborough Local