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TWU EXECUTIVE TREAT OFFICE COPE STAFF LIKE s**t!!

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TWU EXECUTIVE TREAT OFFICE COPE STAFF LIKE s**t!!

Postby wimpole1 » Sat Jul 11, 2009 4:22 pm

Do you believe it?? The twu is worse than Telus. Telus told us what they were going to do and did it. The twu told us that what we had before was a lie, was corrupt....HELLO???

(The following message was posted on a Facebook account by
a former TWU activist.)

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Once again, we are reminded that unions can be terrible bosses.

The Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU) - which represents workers at Telus, Rogers and various other worksites, has locked out its staff in order to reduce benefits and lengthen the working day.

Today, July 10, the TWU served lockout notice to its staff - members of COPE 15 who have been working to get a new collective agreement.

In announcing the lockout, the TWU also stated that it would no longer recognize the right of its staff to use the grievance procedure, and would unilaterally lengthen the working day by an hour and eliminate the right of staff to continue to work according to a long-standing practice of flex time.

The TWU has sought significant concessions throughout bargaining, including all of the above, as well as the reduction of vacation for future employees, thereby creating a two-tiered system, reduction of premiums for overtime, and removal of a vacation bonus that amounts to a 2% reduction in employee wages. But there's still more, including reduction of severance for long-service employees, and removal of any requirement to negotiate changes to policy.

And now, the real kicker, at least as far as union norms are concerned - the TWU has sought elimination of the closed shop, opening the door to employing non-union staff.

The position of the TWU has been to demand COPE workers agree to these concessions or there will be no agreement. And now it has resorted to the lockout in order to try to starve its staff into accepting its demands.

Hmmm. I seem to remember a labour movement slogan to the effect that

"What we desire for ourselves we wish for all." Except, I guess, staff
of the TWU.

And it just keeps getting better and better

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To All Cope 15 Staff

As you know, the Telecommunications Workers Union served 72 hour lockout notice which takes effect 12:09 p.m. P.S.T. today, Friday, July 10, 2009. This correspondence is to inform you of the lockout measures that the TWU will be implementing.

1) Article 18 – Grievances - the TWU will no longer recognize the grievance procedure

2) Article 6 - Hours of Work will be a 37 ½ hour work week

3) Article 6 – Hours of Work - removal of the 9-day fortnight

4) Implementation of the new Letter of Understanding #2 regarding Research Director Sid Shniad

We expect all employees to follow the above noted adjustments to these provisions as of Monday, July 13, 2009, hours of work will be seven and one half hours 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with a one hour unpaid lunch period Monday through Friday with no days off. This applies to all offices and all Cope 15 staff.

We regret that we are forced into taking these measures and would have rather seen this resolved at the bargaining table. We will keep you informed of any further actions the TWU may put in place.



Sincerely,

JOHN CARPENTER

National Vice President

(What a bunch of pricks!)



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Postby paulg » Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:09 am

Just like fruitcake,the nuts are on the top



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Postby green1 » Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:26 am

should I note that even after the lockout provisions, the COPE staff still work fewer hours than the TELUS employees?



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Postby wimpole1 » Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:38 am

Why didn't the pres. george doubt authorize this lock-out? Why did his flunky john carpenter?

Maybe this is just a convenience so that the twu exec has an excuse to take the summer off and they don't have to take responsibility of handling grievences because they're too much work anyway.

They may not be transparent in what they're doing with our money but they sure are transparent in their actions.

Hey!! Let's celebrate all this and go on a boat cruise!!

Hotline
Posted 2009-Jul-10
The Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU) is proud to be celebrating 65 years of dedicated service and solidarity this year. Local 51 is hosting a boat cruise and would like to invite you to commemorate this milestone alongside many of your sisters and brothers from the TWU as well as friends and family*. Tickets purchased by July 25th will be sold at an early bird special price of $25 instead of the regular $30 fee. Tickets also include one complimentary beer or glass of wine. Everyone attending is asked to bring a non perishable food item for donation to the Food Bank to celebrate TWU Local 60’s $100,000 in donations to date to the organization.

Date: September 25, 2009
Boarding Time: 7 pm – 8 pm
Sailing Time: 8 pm – 11 pm
Location: Sailing from Plaza of Nations Marina, 750 Pacific Blvd
Fee: $25.00 Early Bird
$30.00 after July 25th

Payment Method: Tickets are payable by cash or cheque and available at the TWU Head Office located at: 5261 Lane Street, Burnaby, B.C., V5H 4A6.

For more ticket information, please contact Nancy McCurrach at nancy.mccurrach@twu-stt.ca (cell: 604.968.4563) or Jennifer Bucholtz at jennifer.bucholtz@twu-stt.ca (cell: 604.313.5106).

We hope to see you there!

*Please note that the boat cruise is being funded by individual ticket sales and Local 51 is responsible for hosting the event. Other Locals across the country are encouraged to organize their own events as well.
(Yeh, like the other locals have access to all the resources that local 51 has. Isn't it the biggest local with the most available social fund money?
Maybe the rest of us can have a tailgate party in a gravel pit or go to the local bowling alley or maybe storytime at a library!!)



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Postby NC » Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:32 pm

:shock:

WTF?!

BTW... "fluff" is what the BB system changes "$hit" into.


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Postby wimpole1 » Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:51 pm

Do you think the twu top clowns are upset that the news is out?
We're all laughing at their antics. What about the ba's working from home so they don't have to be seen crossing a picket line if one is set up. The managers did that during the last strike. It took J just 2 days to put on the same lock out notice that was put onto the twu. Could it be that John is really a mole for Telus or does he just admire the tactics they used? - and Tamara Marshall.... why is she letting her good name be associated with that egomaniac? It is understood that John is very sensitive about what people think/say about him....watch out.

This was taken from the hot line.......
Posted 2009-Jul-14
Negotiations between TWU and COPE 15 staff

In response to our member’s request for increased communications, the Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU) has strived to meet this need by communicating more frequently and transparently over the past year. Many may have noticed an increase in Hotlines, Bulletins, as well as the revamped TWU Web site.

Inaccurate information regarding the TWU and its bargaining negotiations with COPE 15 staff has recently appeared on social networking sites such as Facebook, circulated via e-mails, or spread by word-of-mouth. The TWU feels an important need to respond to these comments but, out of respect for the bargaining process, has chosen not to publicize our bargaining strategy since we strongly feel it is the responsibility of the bargaining committee and must stay at the bargaining table. We are trade unionists, but also an employer. It is our responsibility to operate in the most efficient manner that best serves our membership. We face important challenges on a daily basis; the largest one being the continued offshoring and outsourcing of our members’ work by TELUS. Unfortunately, our staff must now deal with the harsh effects this present bargaining process has had on the TWU.

The TWU employs 13 COPE 15 members across the country; most who have been with us many years. We appreciate and thank them for their hard work and dedication to their craft. The TWU entered into negotiations several months ago, seeking changes to the collective agreement with COPE 15 staff in order to be fiscally responsible to its TWU members. We have reached agreements with COPE 15 on many issues of language within their collective agreement, including the rights of union membership. However, we disagree on mostly financial issues and length of term. The COPE 15 staff took a strike vote which prompted the TWU to seek the assistance of a Mediator to help both parties come to an agreement. COPE 15 booked out of Mediation after two days on July 3, 2009 and issued a 72-hour strike notice. The TWU, as an employer then issued a 72-hour lockout notice on July 7, 2009. We have instituted soft lockout provisions as of, July 13, 2009. This is a very difficult position to find ourselves in as we were outraged when TELUS once did this to us as employees.

As we have said before, bargaining is best dealt with at the bargaining table. We are patiently waiting and looking forward to returning to the bargaining table as soon as we are asked back by COPE 15.

In Solidarity

John Carpenter, National Vice-President
Tamara Marshall, Acting Secretary Treasurer



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Postby alec » Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:03 pm

Their opportunity to be "fiscally responsible" would have been better demonstrated if they had not blown all that money taking the fines issue to the supreme court.

Hippocrates, every one of them.


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Postby wimpole1 » Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:11 am

"fiscally responsible" would have been to get our union dues back to where they were supposed to be after the debts were paid off. Do you think that will ever happen??
How much is being spent on Mimi's legal bill...It seems that mega bucks are going to defend JC and the twu and to hell with the member. This has been going on for years! Who knows where else the money is going. How much did the twu invest in that cross country truck and driver just recently? Does anyone know? How much are the twu personal visa's up to? (the total over the years, realizing they are paid off monthly with the influx of union dues). Since the ship is sinking anyway do you think that the twu exec would just drain the coffers and then retire or quit? Then they could just blame it on the recession and not bad spending habits. Then they could apply for management jobs and already have the prerequisites to screw the members from inside the company. They would be better at it than the existing managers. The only difference is that they wouldn't have unlimited access to the payroll and that might hurt.



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Postby wimpole1 » Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:00 am

Another Sad commentary from a retired Business Agent...
Subject: Soft lockout measures

TWU Executive Council and Table Officers

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

As a past member of the TWU Executive Council and a long time Union activist, I can't believe the actions taken against COPE 15 staff on July 10th, 2009 by the present TWU Bargaining Team and Executive Council. I hold the Table Officers and all BA's responsible for these disgusting actions taken against COPE 15 staff.

This TWU Executive Council has shown the rest of the labour movement that the TWU does not believe in the bargaining process the minute Executive Council imposed a new Collective Agreement against COPE 15 staff on July 13th, 2009. That day the TWU Executive Council slapped every union member in the face and showed all employers across Canada, like TELUS, that Executive Council can stoop just as low as TELUS did in 2005.

The TWU Bargaining Team should never follow in the foot steps of TELUS no matter what, and the rest of Executive Council, by their silence, agrees with John and Tamara as the TWU negotiation team. True trade unionists never invoke a collective agreement. Now TELUS knows Executive Council thinks what TELUS did is ok, because the TWU just did the same to their COPE 15 staff.

As Brother Carpenter states in his letter to COPE 15 staff, membership is shrinking, revenues are down, then the President needs to show leadership through Executive Council and must cut their own expenses first (i.e. cut all travel unless absolutely necessary, no more Executive Council meetings across the country, cut back on all cars unless necessary, cut BA's if your membership numbers are down especially in BC, and also go back to one VP, Executive Council meetings should be done through Video Conferencing).

Executive Council has not done any downsizing since the dispute in
2005 and every year at Convention Executive Council has not brought forward recommendations to Convention to eliminate BA's because of financial restraints. Last year, the Prince George Business Agent was replaced in a time when economics should have been explained that it would have been better to service those members with existing BA's from Burnaby.

Picking on your support staff is the last place a true unionist goes for cuts especially since the members of COPE 15 worked their hearts out during our labour dispute in 2005. Executive Council should take a long hard look in the mirror, your actions of how you're treating COPE
15 staff is not how trade unionist behave. I have read the TWU bargaining proposals and the soft lockout measures imposed on members of COPE 15. This looks like something TELUS would write.

The damage this Executive Council that has done to the reputation of the TWU in the labour movement can still be saved. I suggest you immediately cancelled the soft lockout imposed on COPE 15 staff and get back to the bargaining table. If you don't remove this imposed collective agreement you will have paved an expressway for TELUS to run all over TWU members at bargaining in 2010.

In closing, I just want to remind you that I am a die hard trade unionist and I can't believe the actions of this present Executive Council.

In solidarity,

Brother Rick Fleming

TWU Retired Member



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Postby NC » Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:07 am

I am just going to go back and neaten up the documents... it is hard to tell quoted letter from wimpole's dialogue.


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Postby wimpole1 » Fri Aug 07, 2009 6:47 pm

Thanks, NC



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Postby alec » Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:17 am

Well i expect that in the long run they will reap what they sow....


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