The parties met in negotiations on June 17 and 18, 2013, with Mediator Mike Tosi. We discussed various
company proposals including station manning, the proposed outsourcing in Customer Service and the closure of the US Customer Relations Unit.
Once again, the Union made it clear to the Company that we were not interested in outsourcing our work
and subcontracting out eight stations, the Baggage Room and Customer Relations. We stated we were willing to explore all reasonable cost saving measures.
We proposed and discussed ways to save money in Customer Relations and asked the Company what it would take to keep the department open. Their reply was:a) The department would reduce through attrition. As staff left, they would not be replaced. b) The Company would be able to flow or outsource work as they saw fit. c) The employees would have to reduce their current pay and benefits by fifty (50%) percent.
We also presented the company with several Union proposals that they had not previously res
ponded to in writing so that we would have written replies to our proposals. We had lengthy discussions on full time minimum station manning numbers and future third party working arrangements. The gap between our positions remains significant.
We have agreed to meet again on the following dates: July 22, 23 and 24; Aug 13, 14 and 15 and September 4, 5 and 6, 2013.
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Thanking you for your patience and support as we continue this process, we remain In solidarity,
NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE MEMBERS