G&F Financial Group – Pending Strike – Unifor (Brinks)
October 18, 2017
To: MoveUP Members at G&F Financial Group
As you are aware Brinks services the G&F Financial Group locations. Currently, Unifor has served strike notice to Brinks and it is possible that a picket line may be struck at your workplace. Click here to see News Release.
Do Not Cross
MoveUP members at G&F Financial Group have the right to refuse to cross a legal picket line without fear of discipline (Article 14 in your collective agreement). A picket line can only be ruled illegal by a Labour Relations Board ruling or by the courts. An employer does not get to decide the legality of a picket line. If you are already in the building when the picket line goes up, you must remain in the building and perform your work duties as usual.
When we stand with our brothers and sisters from other unions by refusing to cross their picket line we help put added pressure on their employer. Many other unions’ struggles are linked to our own and we need to remember that one day we may need their support in our own disputes.
Contact the Union Office
Find a job steward or contact the union office to ask for further instructions. Call 604-299-0378 or 1-800-665-6838 (toll-free) or email email@example.com.
How Do I Tell If It’s a Picket Line?
If the people are wearing picket signs, it’s a picket line.
Will I Lose Pay or Benefits?
When you respect another union’s legal picket line, it’s as if you are on strike with MoveUP. The union will work with your job stewards to ensure members receive picket pay if they lose regular pay. The union will also arrange with your employer to continue benefits on your behalf as long as you are off work for more than half a day. Once you are back at work you will be required to reimburse the union for your benefit payment.
What Happens If I Cross?
The MoveUP constitution (section 16.1) allows for a member to bring a charge against another member for crossing a picket line (ours or another union’s) within six months. After the charge is fully investigated via the process laid out in the constitution, the member may be subject to discipline (section 16.4).
Feel free to share this information with members in your workplace, or direct them to our downloadable member guide on the right to respect picket lines.
Sarah Melsness, Union Representative