To: Communication Action Representatives
From: Bob Linsdell
Date: April 29, 2011
Re: IBEW Reject Tentative Collective Agreement
On April 28, 2011, IBEW members rejected the tentative MTS/IBEW Collective Agreement. The “No” vote did not give the union a mandate for strike action.
The monetary component of the (now rejected) tentative deal was largely in-line with the package TEAM members voted on in 2010 i.e. 0%, 0%, 2%, overtime reduced to 1.5x for the first four hours, 1% increase to VPP, plus a $500 lump sum payment.
At this time, the Company has not given notice to terminate IBEW’s Agreement, nor have the parties been through conciliation.
We anticipate that an application to enter conciliation will be submitted to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service very soon. Any potential disruption to the business is at least three months away.