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UNFAIR LABOUR HEARING UPDATE

Telecommunications Employees Association of Manitoba

TEAM-IFPTE LOCAL 161

Unfair Labour Hearing Update – February 19, 2008

Last week saw the commencement of the Canada Industrial Relations Board Hearing on the Unfair Labour Complaint brought forward by TEAM against MTS Allstream.  The hearing was conducted over a three-day period but was not completed. The Board has allocated three more days (March 12, 13 and 14th) to hear additional testimony and closing submissions.  All the Unions are present at the Hearing.

At the Hearing, TEAM argued that the attempts by MTS to impose a Defined Contribution Pension Plan on us, whether inside or outside the Collective Agreement, where a pension lawsuit is currently before the Courts on issues of governance, etc., is a violation of the Canada Labour Code.  Moreover, MTS has made the DC a condition of renewal of the Collective Agreement.  It’s not real bargaining, particularly since MTS does not even want the DC in the Collective Agreement.

MTS is not making all reasonable attempts to reach agreement on the Collective Agreement, and that is a violation of Section 50(a) of the Canada Labour Code. 

TEAM is seeking a Board Directive that the DC proposal be removed from the collective bargaining process.  TEAM is also seeking a declaration with respect to MTS’ last offer of November 26th, 2007 to ensure that the Company does not retract aspects of that offer if they are required to remove the DC proposal from bargaining.

Friday, (February 22nd), TEAM and the employer are scheduled to return to the Bargaining Table.  TEAM is approaching bargaining with the hope that any and all outstanding issues can be resolved with the Company.

We will keep you updated with another communiqué later this week.

Your TEAM-IFPTE Bargaining Committee