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The Letter

Postby Admin1 » Thu Sep 01, 2005 7:09 am

Union Members for Democracy

August 30, 2005

Mr. Bruce Bell

President T.W.U.

5261 Lane Street

Burnaby B.C.

V5H 4A6

Dear brother Bruce

We, members of the TWU are concerned about the course of action taken by the executive committee, without consultation of the membership. An impasse occurred after 4.5 years of trying to get Telus to bargain based on the existing contract between the TWU and BC-Tel, while Telus wanting to bargain based on a different contract. In our view, it is clear that the industry has changed to such an extent that the old contract, even though it has served us well, is not realistic under the present economic circumstances and hence it will never be accepted by Telus. We are of the opinion that it would have been better if the Union executive committee had consulted the, membership as to what course of action to follow, before taking job action. For example, in stead of resorting to job action the TWU could have

Accepted the Telus offer as is
Reported to work under the new contract, while indicating at the same time that this does not constitute acceptance of the contract in its entirety
Bargain with Telus on the basis of the Telus offer.
These options should be put before the membership and the pros and cons debated by the membership, so as to decide which action to take.

Furthermore, we are concerned about the projected length of time this job action may take. We suggest that the majority of the members can not economically sustain a nine month job action and that members will be forced by economic reasons to abandon job action. This would severely weaken the Union's bargaining position. Given the fact that our industry has changed in fundamental ways, business as usual is no longer an option. Hence, we are of the opinion that generally speaking the Telus offer is reasonable and indeed the wisest course of action would be to negotiate using the Telus offer as a basis, identifying concerns and negotiate remedies to these concerns.

In closing, we wish to stress that the aforementioned opinions in no way constitute a criticism of the Union's executive committee, rather we wish to make our opinions known in the hope that they may serve the interest of the Union's members

Sincerely,



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Are you people for real?

Postby Mimi Williams » Thu Oct 20, 2005 9:49 pm

No, really. We'll work under your contract but we don't really mean that we like it? Have you ever read a collective agreement? Have any one of you union members for democracy ever gone to a union meeting? Voted in anything? Expressed an opinion without the cloak of anonymity? Just curious.



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Postby Admin1 » Fri Oct 21, 2005 12:12 am

Activist you are posting everywhere with out reading a thing. These guys that are in here.
1. Didn't cross the line.
2. They moderate their own forum so if you get you post altered or deleted don't blame me.




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