February 26, 2017
Ratification of a New Collective Agreement
Today Our Membership voted 70.5% in favour of accepting the Memoradum of Settlement, after 45 days of our Strike action against Molson Coors.
To all the Sisters and Brothers of CUBGW 325;
Hold your heads high, your strength and solidarity has been exemplary. I am extremely proud to have each and everyone of you as my Sisters and Brothers. Be proud to call yourselves a Union Worker, a Member of Local 325. Remind your family and friends to drink Canadian beers made by Canadian Brewery Workers, not imported US beers! (Coors Banquet, MGD & Miller Lite).
Sincerely and with Solidarity,
On behalf of the Executive & Bargaining Team,
February 14, 2017
Resumption of Negotiations
Our Union and the Company have agreed to resume negotiations on Friday Feb 17/17. While this is a positive step, after 5 weeks of our labour stoppage, we understand that reaching a settlement that meets the needs of Our Members and their families will be challenging. The bargaining team is encouraged by the on-going support of the Membership and will report back to the Membership as permitted.
February 9, 2017
Solidarity Rally a Success
What a fantastic turnout for Our Solidarity Rally today. Our Local is extremely proud to have hosted many of Our Sisters & Brothers from various Houses of Labour in our fight to get a "FAIR CONTRACT" from Molson Coors.
This event would not have been possible without the fantastic support of NUPGE! Many thanks to all the staff at the Ottawa office. A special shout out to Debra Duffy. Without her assistance, today would not have been such a success. To Secretary Treasurer, Elisabeth Ballermann, thank you for your ongoing support, advice and solidarity
On behalf of the Membership of Local 325, many thanks to; UFCW 175 & 633 for their generosity in supplying the bbq's, tents, setup staff for today's rally, plus their generous donation; OPSEU, for their ongoing support of its "fellow Ontario" Component. Special thanks to Smokey Thomas for his words of support and solidarity, & OPSEU Local 553 for your donation; The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL). The Union activists & members representing; IUOE Local 772, UNIFOR, USW Crown, Peel District Labour Council, Toronto District Labour Council, Niagara District Labour Council, Toronto Airport Workers, CUPE, SEIU Local 2, Local 46 Plumbing, Local 95 Heat & Frost Insulators, IAM District 78, & the Machinist Union.( My apologies if I missed anyone). Thank you to all of those whom spoke with encouraging words of Solidarity and Support. We all identified that it's the fight against the Corporate GREED, which is eliminating the middle class and enhancing income inequality which must be resisted.
Great to see so many of our Retirees that came out in support. The legacy that you helped to create is one of the strengths of Our Union.
Obviously, the true strength came from OUR MEMBERSHIP. Your passion, strength, endurance and solidarity came through in flying colours. Whether you were on the front lines today or behind the scenes, a big shout out to all of you!
UNITED WE STAND!!! LOCAL 325
February 3, 2017
Striking brewery workers win in court
Molson Coors loses in Ontario Superior Court in an effort to weaken strikers’ picket line. Justice Hainey also dismissed the company’s claim of $6,000,000 in damages.
Toronto (3 Feb. 2017) — The striking members of the Canadian Union of Brewery and General Workers (CUBGW/NUPGE) have once again won a case against the corporate lawyers of Molson Coors at the Ontario Superior Court on January 30. Read more
January 31, 2017
PICKET PROTOCOL IN PLACE
The result of Molson Coors application of a "interlocutory injunction" in the Ontario Superior Court today, was their application being denied by Justice Hainey. Justice Hainey (who issued the Court Order for "33 Carlingview Dr"), deemed that the Protocol instituted by the Union on Sunday January 29/17, of 5 minutes per vehicle with a total wait time of not more than 20 minutes was acceptable to the Court. He further dismissed the Companies request for damages sought for "irreputable harm". The Company was seeking a total of $6,000,000.
Today was a TRUE VICTORY for Our Union, in which our Constitutional Right to demonstrate, picket and inform the public on our labour dispute with Molson Coors was upheld.
January 30, 2017
NUPGE NATIONAL SECRETARY TREASURER, ELISABETH BALLERMANN VISITS PICKET LINE
Today, Local 325 welcomed Elisabeth Ballermann from NUPGE's National Office,Ottawa.
Ms. Ballermann spent the day visiting and speaking with numerous members at the various picket locations and taking the time for a few photos. Her messages of support and solidarity were greatly appreciated by our members. Elisabeth took the time to listen to our members at their frustration that Molson Coors does not want to offer a FAIR contract, only their quest to demand concessions and their perceived attempt to divide the solidarity of our membership. Our members clearly advised her that Our Union is UNITED!
Along with an update provided to her by Brothers Folk, Sturrock and Sharma, we are assured that Elisabeth will return to the National Office and continue to further communicate our "David vs Goliath" battle to our Fellow Components in NUPGE, as well as other Houses of Labour.
MOLSON COORS TAKES LOCAL 325 to COURT AGAIN!
For the second time in less than 2 weeks, Molson Coors is taking OUR Union to court to obtain an injunction or a court order to LIMIT our picketing. As many of you are aware we were in the Superior Court of Justice, Ontario on January 18th. Justice Hainey issued a Court Order which limited our picketing at 33 Carlingview Dr. On Friday Jan 27th, Our Union was again "Served" and we are to appear in the Superior Court as "Defendants" on Tuesday Jan 30th. This time the injunction Molson Coors is seeking is to LIMIT our picketing at the entrances and exits from the Brewery on Skyway Ave. Members of the Executive, some committee members and other Union members have met with our legal counsel in preparation for this hearing. Sisters and Brothers, this is just another example of the "corporation" that employs us, trying to exercise its wealth and influence to SQUASH OUR UNION. Please continue to demonstrate your strength, resolve and solidarity in demanding that Molson Coors offers us a "FAIR CONTRACT" that meets the needs of our members and their families.
January 23, 2017
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 1999, MONTREAL MOLSON COORS BREWERY VISIT
Many thanks to our friends from Teamsters Canada and Local 1999, representing the Unionized workers at the Montreal Molson Coors Brewery & Distribution Warehouse, for their visit to our picket lines today. Stephane Lacroix, Communications Director Teamsters Canada; Yves Perreault, Business Agent Teamsters Canada; Eric Picotte, President Teamsters Local 1999 (Montreal Brewery); & Benoit Turcotte, Secretary Teamsters Local 1999 made the visit. The support and solidarity extended to us from their Sisters & Brothers of their Union will certainly strengthen our cause to achieve a FAIR contact for all our members. Our Labour dispute with Molson Coors is a fight that they are willing to STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULDER with us to make a STRONG UNIFIED VOICE against the third largest Brewer in the World.
MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY FROM OUR NATIONAL PRESIDENT
Larry Brown, President of the National Union of Pubic and General Employees, of which we are a Component, has conveyed the union's support and solidarity on behalf of NUPGE's 370,000 members.
"The pattern the industry seems to be following is to completely gut unionized workers' collective agreements," said Larry Brown, President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). "Our members were willing to negotiate but the employer wasn't interested. The employer wanted everything gone. The workers couldn't do that."
Read the full message: http://nupge.ca/content/13302/canadian-union-brewery-and-general-workers-strike
NOTICE TO THE MEMBERSHIP
January 10, 2017
Your Union Negotiation Team has provided written notice to the Company, pursuant to the Strike/Lockout Deadline Extension & Protocol Agreement of Jan 5th, 2017. Therefore as of January 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm (noon), if the Company does not present a counter/final offer, Our Union can institute a strike or the Company can lock us out or change terms or working conditions. BE READY AT A MOMENTS NOTICE!
Robert Folk, Brian Sturrock, James Carberry, Kevin Smith, Shaun Savoy & Steve Harvie
Bargaining Update, Jan 9/17:
It was truly inspirational to have such a significant turn-out of our members this past Saturday Jan 7/17 for second time in less than 2 weeks. This membership is truly showing its unanimous support of Our Bargaining Team to obtain an "offer" from our employer that meets the needs of our members and their families. The previous "settlement offer" that we rejected unanimously has to be substantially improved upon.
The Bargaining Team has told the Company that we will continue to bargain in good faith and that we are willing to meet at anytime to continue the negotiation process.
In the interim, through the conciliation process, the Union and the Company have agreed to a "Strike/Lockout Extension and Protocol Agreement" that extends the Jan 9th 12:01am deadline. This agreement allows either party to serve 24 hour notice to exercise strike/lockout provisions and/or the employer to change to terms or working conditions. The Conciliation Officer has set a provisional date of Jan 12th for continuation of the conciliation process. As Brother Folk advised the Membership, BE READY AT A MOMENTS NOTICE!
Dec 23, 2016
On behalf of the Executive and Committee, we want to wish the best of the season to the Sisters and Brothers of Local 325. Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Safe and Joyous New Year.
Strike Mandate, Dec 27/16;
On behalf of your Bargaining Team , we are extremely proud of the strong strike mandate, 99.7%, that was voted on by the Membership at today's Special Membership meeting. This result, as well as the strong turnout of our members today has empowered your Bargaining Team to return to the bargaining table, with the assistance of the Conciliation Officer, to demand a better contract offer from MolsonCoors. With the strength of Our Members, standing shoulder to shoulder, we know that a "fair deal" that meets the needs of our members and their families is possible, as well as ensuring a strong future for our brewery.
In Solidarity, Brian Sturrock
Bargaining Notice Update, Dec 21/16:
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Clarification on Negotiation Information per Molson Coors letter of December 19th, 2016.
As per Union Local 325, negotiation updates notice to the membership. Negotiations commenced on October 31st, 2016. For seven weeks we have negotiated at the bargaining table with the employer for a total of 36 days. On December 16th, 2016 the Company elected to abruptly end bargaining.
Molson Coors negotiating team attempted to declare an impasse 11 days prior to December 16th, while both parties were still actively at the bargaining table. On December 16th, Molson Coors called in the Conciliator for the first and only official meeting, stating the Company were at an impasse. This was only after 4 days of monetary bargaining!
It is the position of Your Bargaining Team that we were/are willing to continue with the negotiation process in GOOD FAITH.
We believe our hard working, loyal members and their families deserve to have wages and benefits that reflect the economic conditions of where we live and work.
Your Local 325 Union, in its 55 year history has always advocated on behalf of its members by reaching fair settlements which secured the future of our brewery. The Company’s latest “settlement offer” from December 16th, requires a STRONG STRIKE MANDATE. We must let our employer know that we are willing to strike for a fair deal for all, by working together through the Conciliator Officer on January 5th, 2017.
On behalf of your Bargaining Team
Bargaining Notice Update, Dec 16/16:
Sisters and Brothers of Local 325,
On Monday October 31, 2016 your Union Bargaining Team commenced negotiations with the Company on negotiating a new Collective Agreement. As communicated to the Membership at our General Membership meeting on Oct 16th the company served notice on Oct 3rd with regards to sec 43 of the C.B.A. to begin bargaining. Since the commencement, your Bargaining Team has been in constant negotiations up to December 16. The Company during this process was and still is demanding significant monetary concessions in the agreement which will have a major impact on the lives of our members and their families.
The Company had applied for a Ministry of Labour Conciliation Officer and as of today they declared that they were at an impasse in bargaining and the Union was presented their "Settlement Offer". It is the position of your Bargaining Team that this offer be REJECTED by 100% of the membership and give your Team a STRONG STRIKE MANDATE to further bargain on your behalf. Copies of the Offer will be made available to you when the Chief Stewards return to brewery on Monday Dec 19.
As a result there is a Special Membership Meeting on Tuesday Dec 27, 2016 @10:00 am at the Sheraton Hotel & Convention Center, 801 Dixon Road Toronto M9W 1J5 (corner of Skyway Ave.), where the discussion and the Strike Vote will be taken.
On Thursday January 5, 2017 the parties will meet once again with the Conciliation Officer to evaluate the positions each party. There will be an additional Special Membership Meeting on Saturday January 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am , at the Toronto Congress Center, 650 Dixon Road,Toronto, M9W 1J1. Therefore, as a result of this process we shall be in a Lock Out /Strike position as of 12:01 am January 9, 2017 .
In Solidarity, Brian Sturrock
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