Here are the results of the ratification vote held yesterday and today:
This means that the Memorandum of Agreement that was signed last week is null and void. The existing collective agreement – i.e., the one that expired in October 2012 – remains in effect, and the 2% salary increase that was proposed by management will not be implemented.
We have notified TVO of the result, and will be setting up dates as soon as possible to pick up negotiations from where we left off last week.
It appears clear to us that CMG members are no longer willing to accept their treatment by the company, particularly on the issue of pensions. This was a key point for your bargaining team in this bargaining round, and we will continue to press for equal access to the company’s hybrid pension plan. All of our other proposals also remain on the table, and we will put in the time and effort necessary to achieve a deal that members can support.
Many thanks to all of you who participated in the vote. We will keep you informed of developments.
Your bargaining team:
Gregg Thurlbeck, President, TVO Branch
Keith Maskell, CMG staff representative