On April 7 GSU Local 17 members voted to accept the terms of a new collective agreement.
After conciliation ended in early March, union and company representatives continued to work together to reach a mutually agreeable resolution to bargaining. Ultimately, a tentative settlement was reached, voted on, and ratified.
Terms will be implemented immediately.
Congratulations and thank you to GSU’s Local 17 bargaining committee members Shelbi Prescesky, Glen Morrison, and GSU staff rep Dale Markling for the time and commitment they put in to negotiate this settlement.
March 6 update:
Union and company representatives met in North Battleford on March 3 with the assistance of conciliator Ken Eckert. Although each side proposed a compromise, ultimately they were not able to reach an agreement.
The conciliator will be reporting out of the negotiations and the parties will begin a two-week waiting period before either side has the right to lock out or strike. The parties are free to continue negotiations during this two-week period, if they choose.
February 9 update:
The two sides have agreed to meet with conciliator Kevin Eckert on March 3.
Details will be reported as they become available.
February 7 update:
Union and company representatives are working to find available dates to meet with conciliator Kevin Eckert prior to the February 28 expiry of his mandate.
When Company representatives previously indicated they weren’t prepared to meet until the end of March, the union’s bargaining committee advised they were not prepared to agree to an extension of the conciliator’s 60-day mandate.
The conciliator’s mandate can only be extended by the agreement of both parties.
January 31 update:
Company representatives aren’t prepared to meet with the union committee and federal conciliator Kevin Eckert until the end of March, and the union committee says that isn’t good enough. Union bargaining committee spokesperson Dale Markling has also indicated that the union isn’t prepared to agree to an extension of the conciliator’s 60-day mandate.
“If the company can’t find dates before the end of March, we will be asking the government to bow out,” Markling said.
The Minister of Labour Relations previously appointed conciliator Kevin Eckert to assist the parties. The conciliator has a 60-day mandate which can only be extended by the agreement of both parties.
January 24 update:
In response to the Notice of Impasse which was served to the Minister of Labour Relations, Conciliator Kevin Eckert has been appointed to assist the parties.
Dates for conciliation continue to be considered.
The Conciliator has a 60-day mandate which can only be extended by the agreement of both parties.
January 5, 2017 update:
A Notice of Impasse has been served to the Minister of Labour Relations with a request that a conciliator be appointed.
Union and company representatives last met November 22 and were unable to reach an agreement, even though they previously came very close to reaching a tentative settlement when they met on October 14.