Component talks break down in Retail Stores and Warehouse

February 22, 2006

Talks over the Component 5 agreement broke down on February 20, after the employer refused to discuss the union's proposal on conversions and demanded more concessions on hours of work, recall units, and unavailability restrictions for auxiliary employees.

The employer left the table even though progress on significant proposals were within reach.

Outstanding key issues will be referred to the master table. These include issues around hours of work, changes to Appendix 1 and 2 (Single and Multiple Store Geographic and Recall Areas), Article 12.3 and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) #3.

Other issues being referred to the master table include: store closure protocol, conversion of auxiliaries, and safety footwear.

Component talks broke down after five full days of bargaining. There was a full exchange of bargaining proposals on January 30, 2006. The component bargaining committee served notice on the employer that the union would not renew the MOA on the prescheduling of five hours which expires on March 31, 2006.

The union presented a proposal on a Labour Adjustment Protocol Agreement regarding the store closures. The union also put the employer on notice that we would not renew the CAIACC Committee Memorandum of Agreement (the creation of the CAIACC Committee) and would not renew the agreement in the 13th extension to suspend the application of Appendix 4.

The issue of auxiliary conversion, which the employer refused to discuss, had been referred by the master table to the component bargaining committee for resolution.

We thank the members for their support and assistance throughout the bargaining process.

For updates on bargaining and other news, visit the BCGEU website at www.bcgeu.ca

RETAIL STORES AND WAREHOUSE COMPONENT BARGAINING COMMITTEE: Robin Rutherford, Chair l Betty Reid l Ian Teeple l Keith Stone l Gilles Dore l Observers and advisors on auxiliary issues: Jennifer McKenna, Phyllis Johnman l Catherine Sullivan, negotiator.

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