To: TEAM-IFPTE Local 161 Members
From: TEAM Office
Date: January 26, 2016
Re: Negotiations Update
Today, TEAM-IFPTE Local 161 gave notice to MTS to commence collective bargaining for the purpose of revising and renewing the Collective Agreement.
Why do negotiations matter?
The outcome of these negotiations will directly impact you through your pay, benefits, working conditions, job protection, and fair opportunities to advance your career. The topics TEAM wishes to discuss were presented to the membership at the General Meetings in November. See slides 10 to 15 of the presentation for more details.
Who’s negotiating for us?
TEAM Negotiating Committee:
Primary support for the Negotiating Committee:
What happens next?
How long will it take?
We don’t know. The previous four rounds of negotiations (2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013) have taken between 20 and 35 negotiating days over a seven to twelve month period.
Doesn’t our Collective Agreement end on February 19, 2016?
Although the term of the Collective Agreement ends on February 19, 2016, it remains in full force and effect during the negotiations. It can be terminated, but only after a number of criteria have been met, including the parties made a reasonable effort to negotiate, the Minister of Labour appointed a Conciliation Officer to facilitate the negotiations, and during a “21 day cooling off period” a Mediator further assisted the parties in resolving their differences.
In 2013 we went through the conciliation and mediation processes. We reached a tentative agreement on July 16, 2013, and the Collective Agreement remained in force throughout.
How can I help?