Most contentious element of the entire bargaining process which started in July 2006. I am not surprised by the mediator's recommendations. It is a fair measured response to a difficult issue.
5. LAYOFFS DUE TO CONTRACTING OUT OF WORK PERFORMED BY CUPE 391 MEMBERS pg 34
6. LAYOFFS DUE TO CONTRACTING OUT OF WORK PERFORMED BY CUPE 15 MEMBERS (CITY AND PARKS) pg 4
The Employer must communicate to the Union no less than six (6) calendar months before the date on which the Employer intends to contract out the work.
Once such contracting out notice is given to the Union, the Employer and the Union will meet, in good faith, to discuss and consider the following:
- Alternatives to the proposed contracting out;
- Priority placement of the affected employees;
- Retraining, job search and outplacement support for the affected employees;
- Severance Provisions (including early retirement options). If the Employer and the Union cannot agree to the severance provisions, the matter wil be referred to Brian Foley, or another mutually agreeable arbitrator, for a binding decision.