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Tree Island Industries Ltd. Technological Change Notification – Article 41.01 - amended

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
To: All MoveUP members at Tree Island Industries Ltd.

During a meeting that took place on April 5, 2016, the Union was informed of the Employer’s recent decision to implement a technological change pursuant to Article 41 of the Collective Agreement.

The Employer did not provide notification during the meeting, but rather outlined its intentions and the plans that it intends to unravel over the next few months.  The Employer indicated that this notification would constitute its requirement to provide sixty (60) days’ notice as prescribed by Article 41. 

Subsequent to that discussion, the Employer forwarded a letter later that same day which initialized the commencement of the sixty (60) days’ notification.  Due to the fact that the position of the Central Stores Coordinator was being made redundant and the incumbent of that role was unfortunately on a leave of absence, we had not engaged in discussion(s) regarding the layoff and the bumping options of that employee until May 31, 2016. 

It is the Employer’s intent to continue with the implementation date of June 6, 2016, despite the failing to communicate its intent to implement technological change that will result in possible lay-offs to the membership.  In good faith, and out of respect to the incumbent who was being made redundant, we held off on communicating this to our membership.

The Union informed the Employer on May 31, 2016 that we could no longer hold off on informing our members of the technological change, especially now that the incumbent of the position being made redundant has been put in an informed position.  We had requested to continue the discussions regarding the Section 54, as we believe that the Parties had not discussed all of the options that may impact our membership; however, it is the Employer's position that they have met their requirements under Section 54 and Article 41 of the Collective Agreement.  We find this approach to be very disconcerting and it is indicative of Employers who show a lack of respect to the relationship that fosters productive labour relations between a Union and an Employer, and ultimately to the membership.

We hope that this has provided you with some information.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the union office.

In solidarity,

Cindy A. Lee
Union Representative

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