Bargaining update (Union will not agree to wage rollbacks)

September 24, 2018
Dear CUPE Local 4060 members,

As you may know, the Union bargaining committee has been working hard since March to negotiate your first collective agreement with Flair Air.

Going into negotiations, the Union bargaining committee had taken your input in areas where you would like to see improvements. Your pilot colleagues did extremely well in their negotiations with the company and achieved significant gains in wages, benefits and scheduling. We merely wanted to be treated fairly and respectfully as well.

During the bargaining sessions so far, the Union has been able to agree and sign-off on several non-monetary items and some non-contentious language for the collective agreement.

On July 18, the Union bargaining committee tabled your financial proposals which included a modest wage increase. However, the company refused to counter our financial proposal and talks broke off. On July 23, the company had filed for conciliation with the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB).

On September 19, during conciliation, Flair Air tabled a proposal which demanded significant reductions in wages. The Union strongly opposed and reject their demands on the reduction of wages. The company also indicated that, if the Union does not agree to their demands, they will not agree to extend the conciliation period and will unilaterally change your wage scale and change your conditions of employment on November 1, 2018.

The Union bargaining committee caucused for a full day on September 20 with the commitment to find a way to make a deal work for all parties. In the evening, the Union tabled a complete counter proposal which included a wage freeze for 2 years and a modest cost of living increases of 2% in 2020 and 2021, all this contingent on getting other gains in benefits and scheduling improvements.

Flair Air rejected our offer on the morning of September 21 and talks broke down once again. Flair Air indicated that they will announce the unilateral changes on Wednesday September 26 to be implemented on November 1 with replacement workers standing by if we do not agree to work for the reduced wages.

The Union bargaining committee continues to be committed to going back to the bargaining table if Flair Air wishes to. However, we will NOT agree to wage rollbacks.

We eagerly await the announcement on September 26. If Flair Air decides to go ahead with their threats made in conciliation, CUPE will be ready.

We ask for your support in this fight ahead and will have follow-up correspondence after September 26. Please ensure we have your personal email address by emailing us at cupe.local.4060@gmail.com.

In solidarity,

Jody Davies, Alex Shaw, Patti Nagano, Nicole Tarapacki & Amy Manasterski Your Union bargaining committee.