International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

July 15, 2011 23:26 ET

Machinists Union Rejects Contract Offer from Finning

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 15, 2011) - The strike at 25 Finning locations across British Columbia will continue after striking IAMAW members rejected the latest offer from the employer.

On Thursday July 7, 2011, mediation ended with an offer for the employees to vote on. The Union was not satisfied with the Company's proposal, but agreed to have their members vote on the revised offer.

"Our members had an opportunity to vote on returning to work or staying on the picket lines, and they have affirmed their resolve to see this through," said IAMAW District Lodge 250 Directing Business Representative, Stan Pickthall. "The employees have firmly rejected the Company's offer."

Major issues in the Labour dispute include, subcontracting, statutory holidays on modified shifts (an issue in the mining sector), wages, and duration of agreement.

"The Union's Bargaining Committee has told the Company what they need to do in order to get a recommendation," explained Pickthall. He noted that the Union membership agreed to zero percent when the Company was in trouble two years ago. "Now times are different, Finning recently reported record profits for the first quarter of 2011."

"On the language issues, the Company knows what the problems are in the areas of subcontracting and modified shifts."

The Union has advised Finning they are available to resume negotiations at any time.

Contact Information

  • IAMAW District Lodge 250
    Stan Pickthall
    Directing Business Representative
    604-513-3883/604-992-9145

    IAMAW District Lodge 250
    Alain Cyr
    Business Representative
    604-513-3883/604-309-0443

    IAMAW
    Bill Trbovich
    Director of Communications
    416-386-1789 ext #6331/416-735-9765