Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Glad we're part of Central 1.... 275% gain in Net Income!!...

March 19, 2010
Vancouver and Mississauga – Central 1 Credit Union’s net income jumped 275 per cent last year to $99.9 million from $26.6 million in 2008.

The central financial facility and trade association for the B.C. and Ontario credit union systems saw its assets rise 29.2 per cent to $11.1 billion at year-end from $8.6 billion in 2008. Asset gains reflected significant growth in the liquidity of Central 1's member credit unions. Return on equity was 19.6 per cent, compared with 7.7 per cent in 2008.........

...The year’s strong results enabled Central 1 to pay an extraordinary dividend of 10 per cent on top of regular dividends of two per cent...

(As part of Central 1, where's our share of the dividends??)

CREDIT UNION MANAGEMENT HOPEFUL OF STRIKE RESOLUTION

THE NELSON AND DISTRICT CREDIT UNION IS GETTING READY FOR FACE-TO-FACE TALKS WITH THEIR STRIKING WORKERS.

CEO DOUG STODDART DIDN'T FEEL THEY WERE CLOSE ENOUGH TO A DEAL FOR MEETINGS LAST WEEK, BUT SAYS THEY'VE MADE PROGRESS.

AS THEY ENTER THE SEVENTH WEEK OF THE LABOUR ACTION, STODDART SAYS THEY VERY MUCH WANT TO GET IT RESOLVED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE 'THERE ARE NO WINNERS IN THIS.'

STODDART SAYS A COMBINATION OF MANY FACTORS GOT THEM TO A STAGE WHERE THEY'RE READY TO START THE FACE TO FACE DICUSSIONS ON APRIL SIXTH, BUT HE WOULDN'T ELABORATE.

Mountain FM
Posted on: March 30, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

UNION ANNOUNCES BREAKTHROUGH IN CREDIT UNION STRIKE

IT APPEARS THERE MIGHT FINALLY BE A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL IN THE NELSON AND DISTRICT CREDIT UNION STRIKE.

UNITED STEELWORKERS LOCAL 1-405 REP DOUG SINGER SAYS RECENT DISCUSSIONS HAVE LED TO A RETURN TO THE BARGAINING TABLE NEXT WEEK AND HE THINKS THEY COULD REACH A COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT.

IF A DEAL IS REACHED, MEMBERS COULD BE BACK AT WORK AS EARLY AS 8TH APRIL.

EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN ON STRIKE AT THE THREE LOCAL BRANCHES FOR SEVEN WEEKS.


Mountain FM
Posted on: March 29, 2010

Sunday, March 28, 2010

As week 6 comes to an end



This 6th week has been a long one.
One week seems to blend into another and at times it seems there'll be no end. It's getting harder to be cheerful as the bills mount with our frustration. Some good news on Friday night though, so the week ends on a much more positive note.
Some of our families are getting tired of this strike, they want it to be over too, but they are as powerless as we are.
Tension builds as we struggle with our swinging emotions...anger, fear, hopelessness, anxiety, respect, encouragement, power, sadness, hope, frustration, etc.
As a group, we are creating strong bonds and gaining strength from each other.
We're weathering this storm, together...and we all know that things will never be the same.
But he longer this strike continues, the greater the divide becomes, between "us" and "them"... can that ever become "we", I wonder?

Our negotiating team has been keeping us informed and working hard for us all.
We trust them and have full confidence that they are representing us and doing their best.
We know this and are very proud of them.
Here's a couple of highlights from this week...

March 23/10
Rick Loewen served the NDCU Management team with papers to have Bradley Roulston, NDCU Certified Financial Planner (as opposed to Wealth Management Financial Planner), removed from the premises as he was 'hired' after our contract expired, and is CLEARLY doing Bargaining Unit work, which he has never done before. There is a Hearing set for Friday for the two to present their sides.

March 26/10
NEWS! They're going to meet at the bargaining table on April 6!
There'll be a lot of work to do that day, but it sounds like the basic framework has been built and now the details need to be filled in.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Good news, there's some progress being made...

About NDCU - Our History

Our History - East Shore Community Branch:
Back in 1954, a bitter strike at the Bluebell Mine in Riondel coupled with an uncaring response from the banks led to discussions regarding credit unions by local residents.

Heinz Carl quickly signed up 10 members and on November 22, 1954, Riondel Credit Union opened for business. Over the years, the credit union operated out of a community hall, a union office and a house at the junction of Riondel Road and Highway 3A. In 1984, the credit union amalgamated with Nelson & District.

April 27/10 AGM- Mark your calendar now!



Our smiling faces and friendly attitudes are waning under the strain of STILL walking the picket line.

We're well into our 6th week of this strike, and we're STILL trying to persuade NDCU to come to the bargaining table to negotiate our contract.

It's hard to be optimistic, but there must be a light at the end of this tunnel.

By now, our members have each received a letter sent to them by NDCU.

I'm pleased to see that many are annoyed at this unsolicited, one-sided view, and are asking us to present our side of the items listed.

Unfortunately there are a lot of folks that do not have computers, so they don't have access to our blog, but they are usually willing to take the time to listen and ask questions.

Most are surprised at how long this is taking, and want to know when it will end. Of course we don't have an answer for that. We can't do any negotiating, if our employer isn't at the table.

In spite of numerous letters, e-mails, phone calls, it seems that all is falling on deaf ears. Our employer is in no hurry to meet and resolve this strike. They aren't listening to us (staff) nor the members.

Our elections and Annual General Meeting (AGM) are coming up next month and we need you, and many other members, to come and participate.

The AGM is held once a year and it is your time to be heard as a membership.
To exercise your voting rights and have your voice heard, come out to the AGM.
Mark your calendar now, it is Tues. April 27th 2010, 7:00pm at the Prestige Inn in Nelson





NDCU strike continues

KBS Radio: NDCU strike continues
Wed, 2010-03-24 09:47.
Local News

The 6th week of strike action at the Nelson and District Credit Union has the spokesperson representing workers pleading for an end to games.

Doug Singer with Local 1-405 says he's looking for a committment from both sides to end the dispute.

A 4 page notice sent to credit union members from management earlier this week raised his ire...

Singer adds he's been concerned about relying on the media to get messages out because he believes it only takes the sides farther from the bargaining table.

Nedia Vanderelst - KBS News
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KBS Radio: Strike continues at NDCU
Fri, 2010-03-19 09:40.
Local News

Workers at the 3 Nelson and District Credit Union Branches are finishing their 5th week of strike action with still no end in sight.

Credit Union CEO Doug Stoddart says both sides are still too far apart, but he's hoping for some movement in the next week.

Stoddart adds the sides have continued communications through a mediator, despite last Monday's rejection of management's most recent offer.

Nedia Vanderelst - KBS News

NDCU newspaper ads draw fire from employees

Trail Rossland News March 9
Dear Doug Stoddart:

It was with great interest that I read your half-page advertisement in the Trail Rossland News, March 4, 2010. I was surprised to read that your employees, represented by the Steelworkers Local 1-405 discontinued bargaining in favor of a strike.

Perhaps they discontinued bargaining because after sitting at the table with you for two years they were not making any progress on their issues. Your subsequent bargaining tactics seem to indicate that there may be good reason to doubt your commitment to finding an agreeable resolution.

I find it particularly offensive that you have posted your employees salaries on the window of the Credit Union, and are taking out ads in the local papers to discredit your Employees and their Union. As manager of the Credit Union, I’m certain you have negotiated numerous contracts; have you ever successfully negotiated a contract with your customer left standing on the street while you discredit them in the press?

There is only one way to resolve your differences Mr. Stoddart; that’s at the bargaining table with the mediator. The other two parties are waiting for you.

Chuck Macklon

President USW 9705

USW Canada article from 12 March 2010


Photo courtesy LU 1-405
click for full article: Steelworkers in Fourth Week of Strike Action at Nelson and District Credit Union Branches
Nearly 50 United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1-405 members are in their fourth week of strike action at 3 branches of the Nelson and District Credit Union (NDCU). Those branches are in Nelson, Rossland and Crawford Bay.

The strike, which began on February 16, was taken after union members rejected the company’s final offer, which fell far short of the workers’ demands and was rejected by 96 per cent. Both sides met on February 15 in a final attempt to reach an agreement before the strike.

The workers have been without a contract since May 31, 2008.

welcome to our pet friendly picket line








"ndcu steel magnolias" is now showing up in Google Search

ndcu steel magnolias - Google Search

also try searching Google for "proudly serving 2 members at a time" with and without the quotes

a hat tip to Angie for using those terms and labels

Thursday, March 25, 2010

push button for teller service


fyi: sidebar horn honk stats

according to the stats at the netidea server, the horn audio file in the sidebar has been "honked" 1041 times as of 7:15 AM March 25
5 10410.16% /Media/ani/honk3.wav

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

comments on post #3

East Kootenay District Labour Council has left a new comment on your post Support the striking workers at the NDCU:

"Keep up the good work ladies and you have the full support of the East Kootenay District Labour Council"
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also: "keep the faith, what comes around goes around and this employer's day is comming. Kevin Staneland Chair Local 1008 BCGEU"

Our retort to NDCU's letter- in a nutshell

In a nutshell- this is our retort to NDCU's Letters to Members, March 22, 2010

It appears that the credit union is keenly interested in negotiating with the members and the media so we encourage the members and the media to settle this management labour dispute.

The NDCU's recent "letter to the members" forces us to respond to their comments.

1st paragraph:
They say they are responding to members' requests for information - so why don't they send the information to those that have requested it rather than to everyone? We have had several members respond to management by saying - "we don't care what the issues are, get your employees back to work".

If the credit union is so concerned about the number of sheets of paper they send to the members every year - (see page 2 of their letter )- why would they send this two page double-sided wonder to thousands of members who didn't ask for it?

They also say they have "continually had discussions" with the Steelworker's Union during this dispute.
Really? When? Where? Which Local?
Had the credit union been in those discussions with the union, they might realize that some of the items they raise in the letter -under the heading of "About The Monetary Differences", have changed, been reduced or been removed.

About the monetary differences: (some items have been changed, reduced or removed.)
Perhaps the credit union is using a timeline that's on a sliding scale of time when addressing these issues with the members, because the signing bonuses the union was "demanding" as of Feb. 16, 2010 was $2700 and not the $2500 that the letter stipulates.
As of Feb. 16, 2010 the in charge premium "demand" by the union had already been dropped but then the credit union failed to mention the "demands" the union had for the employer paying the lost time and wages for employees on the bargaining committee or the "demand" for a training premium or that the "demand" for paid-out banked sick time had also been removed at some point and that we are no longer looking to get discounts on mortgages below member rates, etc. etc. etc
Unfortunately it is these sorts of things that are discovered during "negotiations" with the parties the credit union should be negotiating with, rather than with the members and the media, who, by the way, we must look to, to settle this dispute.
And another nice touch is the credit union again displaying some of "our" wages in this wonderful e-friendly, paper saving, letter but for some unknown reason, again they chose not to display their own wages, benefits, incentives, bonuses, perks and whether during 2008 and 2009 they would have received an increase of any kind while the rest of the credit union world looked on.

The credit union did not want to do any "collective" bargaining because of items the union wanted addressed at the table and which the credit union agreed to, but then changed their mind on, and wanted the union to remove those issues and try to determine what the union could or could not discuss at the table.

About Contracting out:
The section on contracting out is an interesting one and we again congratulate the credit union for their approach on this matter. Perhaps it can best be summed up in their statement about e statements which indicates that there is not a banking platform available that will allow your credit union to provide statements to their members as they have in the past.
In what sounds like an attempt to embarrass the union, the letter also indicates that other Steelworkers Union represented credit unions in the area deliver e-statements to their members. That is quite a statement and the only statement to make is that the majority of those credit unions "still" continue to mail the paper statements, folded and sent out by their unionized workers. But for some reason, Nelson & District Credit Union cannot continue to do that. (Maybe they still believe it only impacts only one employee...instead of 6-8 employees?)

About the Language:
The credit union is quite correct in saying that the union initiated strike action, but that was with some clear indications that this might happen.
First of all the expiry date on the current collective agreement was May 31, 2008 - the union took a strike vote in December 2009 with 98% support - the union voted on the credit union's final offer proposal and soundly rejected it by 96% .

When we finally got back to the table in January of 2010 (with the assistance of a mediator) the union indicated that we would be going out on strike on Feb. 16, 2010 unless a settlement had been reached and during bargaining, the union made it abundantly clear what the key issues were. On Feb. 15 at around midnight the proposal the union received did not address all of the key issues sufficiently. So you would be quite right in saying that the union was forced by the credit union in initiating this strike action.

About the travel grievance.
The credit union seems intent on having this matter settled in front of an arbitrator, but the union is concerned that the only thing that might get settled in front of an arbitrator is a legal technicality that the credit union is raising. If that is the case, then the reason the grievance was filed in the first place would never get discussed and that would not be a satisfactory way of resolving such an important issue.

That's about it in a nutshell.



Letter to the Editor, March 23, Nelson Daily News

Credit Union employees: In their own words - a timeline

Dissecting a Labour Dispute

read the March 23 editorial by Bob Hall, Nelson Daily News
The dispute at the corner of Vernon and Ward is uncomfortable and it’s time to get down to setting (sic) the strike

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Striking NDCU staff hopeful of resolution around the corner

read full March 23 article by Colin Payne, Nelson Daily News
Doug Singer, financial secretary for the United Steelworkers Union Local 1-405, which represents the NDCU staff, said the union has been in discussions with the Labour Relations Board mediator and he’s hopeful something will happen soon.

“I think things are looking a little positive,” Singer said. “I think there’s some opportunity that we may try and move things closer together in a little bit here.”

Whereas NDCU CEO, Doug Stoddart told The Nelson Daily News that the union had rejected a recent counter-proposal from management, Singer said that’s not quite accurate.

“We responded and we didn’t agree with everything they had proposed,” he explained. “But I wouldn’t go as far as to say we rejected it.

“Part of the proposal involves going back and forth because you don’t always agree on every issue.”

Management has also maintained that wages and benefits are the major stumbling block in the negotiations. But Singer maintained that contract language around issues like part-time versus full-time work, contracting out of labour and benefit protection are at the root of the problem.

the picket line is online - visit both

Monday, March 22, 2010

Where are the NDCU board of directors in this?

The lambs are silent.

Anonymous said...

Lets start calling all the Nelson Directors
Colin McClure 250-354-0223
Andy Chute 250-505-5575
Marjorie Bailey 250-352-5609
Bernie Swendson 250-354-3810

Pedestrians can honk support today!

Movement ceases in NDCU strike

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Bottle Depot donations welcome.

If you want to show your support, for the ladies walking the picket lines, you can donate the proceeds from your returned bottles at the Bottle Depot to the "United Steelworkers - NDCU picketers."

It's amazing how much work and effort a strike actually takes.
The biggest sacrifice, is financial.
It's not easy "Walking the line", and trying to survive on our meagre strike pay.

Truly every bit helps!
Thank you from the NDCU staff-
Steel Magnolias.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Now we're too far apart?


Our employer is showing us how they play the "inconsistency game".

First he says that our issues are minor and not worth striking over.

NOW he says we're too far apart to negotiate face to face.

Kind of like when he said they've been negotiating for three weeks. (He left out that they'd been negotiating with the media...not with us!)

Signs of the times











photos by dave livingston cmaw 2300 and cep/cfu 2040

Thursday, March 18, 2010

NDCU CEO SAYS GAP STILL WIDE BETWEEN SIDES

THE CEO OF THE NELSON AND DISTRICT CREDIT UNION DOESN'T FEEL DISCUSSIONS WITH THE UNION ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO A SOLUTION TO WARRANT FACE TO FACE NEGOTIATIONS.

WHILE THE UNION WANTS TO MEET, DOUG STODDART SAYS THEY'RE QUITE FAR APPART ON THE MONEY ISSUES.

STODDART SAYS THEY BASED THEIR MOST RECENT OFFER ON JOB SECURITY AND THE ISSUE OF CONTRACTING OUT, BUT THE UNION REJECTED THOSE PROPOSALS ON MONDAY.

THE STRIKE IS NOW IN ITS FIFTH WEEK.

Posted on: March 18, 2010 Mountain FM

e-statements...are here

Here it is March 17 and I've finally received my statement...and I'm not alone.
If they'd been done in-house, I know we would all have them before now.
This is the first month that our statements are being done by someone else,
(contracted out) in Vancouver I believe.
Now there's no colour, but at least I got 3 stuffers, and 3 separate envelopes.
Hmmm from my vantage point, it's way more paper than I usually get.
Welcome to the new e-statement.

I'm still upset that our Employer believes that only one part-time person is
impacted by this change.
It is so inconsiderate of the rest of us part-timers and casuals that depend on
those extra days each month.

The fact that they are oblivious to the internal impact isn't bad enough.
I wonder if they gave any thought beyond NDCU? Like locally?
Like maybe our Post Office?

We normally bring bags of stamped envelopes (statements) for several days
to the Post Office across the street. I'm sure it provides a lot of work for them
for a few days, every month too.
From my understanding, we're lucky we still have a full service Canada Post
Office in Nelson!

How about our local printers? Our stuffers, and "Dollars and Sense" have
traditionally been printed locally.
I'm pretty sure that's changed too. I only see a small part of the picture,
but I wonder if there's more people that will be impacted by this change.

I'm not against change, but to do so secretly and without knowing the impact
on their own staff, makes me wary of their ability to see how they may be
affecting the rest of our Members, and the community.

Like when they changed everyone's card limits some time ago.
Oh, I'll talk about that one later...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Timeline of events, and what's happening so far.

At the request and suggestion of many of our members,
the employees of NDCU would like to share some information regarding the current strike situation.


To begin, we have prepared a timeline of events of the past 22 months:

May 2008: Contract expires
June to Dec 2008: Talks produce minimal results
Jan to Dec 2009: Management refuses to come to the table unless certain conditions are met. Demanding pre-conditions to a negotiation process is not bargaining in good faith.
December 2009: Strike vote results are 98% in favour
Jan 2010: Talks resume; minimal results; important issues not discussed
Management was advised we would not work beyond Feb. 15th without a contract.
Feb. 3, 2010: Management presents a first, final and only offer.
Feb. 11, 2010: Offer rejected by 96%
Feb. 15, 2010: Mediated negotiations break down after NDCU management keeps our bargaining team waiting for 8 hours. The package received just minutes before the deadline
of midnight was another indication that management was prepared to accept a strike outcome.

Some of the very important issues still needing to be discussed are:
- revision of benefits to be on par with other local credit unions
- preservation of full time jobs
- keeping jobs local when possible to reduce contracting out
- timely settlement of grievances
- loopholes in contract language
- application of policies in a fair and consistent manner

We are puzzled and disappointed by the actions of the Board, the general manager and his team. We feel that there has been a lack of willingness to discuss and resolve these very important issues.
How can this strike situation be better than sitting down and sorting out a contract that is a
win-win situation for everyone? Negotiations can be frustrating and difficult, but with a sincere effort to communicate and compromise, we can arrive at mutually agreeable solutions. Is this not ultimately the more desirable outcome than this unpleasant and public confrontation?

Unfortunately, there has now been extensive damage done and not just the financial kind.
The loss of respect and trust on both sides will take a long time to recover.

Our bargaining team for the 48 NDCU employees consists of 4 fellow co-workers from all 3 branches as well as our USW negotiator who lives in Cranbrook and has extensive experience negotiating contracts for credit unions in the Kootenays.

In an effort to get talks started again, we sent a reduced counter proposal to management on March 3. We got a response one week later on March 10th. We are working hard to keep these talks moving forward and have prepared another reply to be sent to the management team.

As of the writing of this letter, it has been 4 weeks since we reluctantly went on strike.
We are most upset by the inconveniences that our members are having to endure with the drastically reduced hours and limited services. We thank you for your patience and loyalty! It is our hope that we will soon be able to serve you again at all three locations. On a note of thanks, our members and communities have been overwhelmingly generous with food, beverages, cash donations, grocery cards and the list goes on. More importantly, it’s been your kind words of encouragement, support and caring that means so much to us all.

The employees of NDCU/USW 1-405
Nelson, Rossland, Crawford Bay

How long must we all wait...

"As our 5th week of picketing begins ,
the sun shines and the strike continues.
Last week and this week are particularly frustrating, since
the NDCU's main negotiator- has been on holidays...in Hawaii.
To return on St. Patrick's day?

While this person has been enjoying R&R on a tropical island:
OUR Members are getting sub-standard service, limited access to banking,
and the Management team does our jobs, and we wait to hear…something.
Isn't this a crucial time? What about the Members? How long do they have
to wait for us to get things resolved?

It's hard to forget that our Employer threatened us, that if we went on Strike,
it would not be a short one. (As "we'd be too busy serving members",
and not have time for negotiating,) Is that because the one
that negotiates for their "team" is on vacation?
It's probably not surprising that (over the past 2 years,) many of the negotiating meetings
were delayed because of Managements' "holidays". But even NOW, at this critical time,
their holidays still take priority.

There have been many times that our staff had their holidays denied or delayed,
because of the timing, or because someone else is off and there wouldn't be enough coverage.

Imagine that you're planning a long holiday overseas.
First you request the time-off, months in advance…you ask repeatedly to have it approved
so you can get your ticket...still months in advance... finally you get your ticket, but still
nothing in writing... now, there might be a couple of days that someone else will be off...etc, etc.
and finally the last working day before you fly-out, you actually get the written approval!
Just one example."





Our CEO thinks the issues are not worth striking over

This was posted by KBS radio on March 2nd,

The CEO of the Nelson and District Credit Union says he's not sure why the strike has dragged into a third week but management continues to make the best of the situation.
Doug Stoddart admits the service quality isn't the same without the regular employees but the management team continues to improve their skills.
Stoddart adds he believes lingering points the union wants included in the collective agreement are fairly minor and not worth striking over...as of yet they're not prepared to offer the union anything beyond what's already on offer.
Nedia Vanderelst - KBS News
This is how our Members are being treated.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Where is our Board of Directors?

Today, I made a trip to our Rossland branch, and was happy to finally meet a couple of my "sisters", in person. I've spoken to them on the phone, but it's so much better to have a face to go with their voices.





The most memorable part of this visit, though, was one of our members. He had a big problem. He was leaving the country soon and needed to do some banking - in person. That's not normally a problem, and should just take a few minutes.

BUT he is one (of many people), who understands that it is morally WRONG- to cross a picket line. (Even when told to go ahead, by the picketers.) We laughed and tried to made light of it, but I could see the distress it was causing him. It would be like saying it's ok to steal/cheat/rob, etc.

He understands, that generations of workers have struggled and fought to get these collective agreements, in spite of employers eroding them, bit by bit. This is not just our little battle, it is one we share with every unionized AND non-unionized person. Going on strike & walking the picket line is the last resort and legal way to be heard.



NDCU certainly could have prevented this strike in the 1st place, but to let it drag out this long shows a lack of respect for their members, and their staff (who are also members).
This member is keenly aware of the struggles, the blood, sweat & tears involved over the years.
It's the kind of awareness that one can understand by walking in our shoes.


How many of our members are quietly waiting for this to be settled, or just moving to other financial institutes, while the Board of Directors quietly watches?
Are the members voices being heard, as they (Board of Directors) allow their CEO to delay negotiations, and stand firm on his threat that "this will not be a short strike" ?
On the long drive home, I was almost in tears. "How DARE the NDCU force it's members to have to make that kind of choice! "

Monday, March 15, 2010

NDCU UNION WANTS THINGS SPED UP

THE UNION FOR THE STRIKING WORKERS AT THE NELSON AND DISTRICT CREDIT UNION WOULD LIKE TO SEE NEGOTIATIONS SPEED UP.

UNITED STEELWORKERS REP DOUG SINGER SAYS THEY RESPONDED TO FRIDAY'S OFFER FROM THE COMPANY THIS MORNING -- BUT HE'D RATHER SEE THEM GO BACK TO THE BARGAINING TABLE WITH THE MEDIATOR.

SINGER SAYS WHILE THEY'VE MADE SOME PROGRESS, THEY ARE STILL FAR APART ON KEY ISSUES.

HE FEELS A RETURN TO THE BARGAINING TABLE WOULD QUICKEN THE PACE OF NEGOTIATIONS.

SINGER COULD ONLY SPECULATE AS TO WHY THAT HASN'T OCCURRED YET.




Posted on: March 15, 2010 Mountain FM

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Caution - information picket line ahead

What has the union done for me?

There are many folks that don't belong to a union, and they may wonder "What has the union done for me?" This is a very short, and amazing little video that answers that question, quicker than I can. Enjoy your weekend (brought to you by unions).


Friday, March 12, 2010

NDCU, proudly serving 2 members at a time...

I'm just copying an e-mail I received today (with permission of course).
Thank you, for making tonight's post so much easier!!!


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The CEO said to a member, that our calculations were out...

because it didn't add up to 100%

(That's SO funny!! I'm starting to wonder about their calculations, on many things!)



eStatements eLiminate eMployees. Looks like the outsourcing of our statements happened sooner than we were told. March's statments have been 'mailed'.

(More "little secrets" I see... but we would've had them all sent out before now! BTW, I still haven't got mine either.)




over a year the credit union refused to bargain and tried to dictate items that would or could be discussed at the bargaining table. In essence, they went ON STRIKE.

The CU made the unionized staff vote on a first & final offer that included a 7 year agreement with a wage reopener in the last two years.
Who would vote yes to that? They must have wanted the workers to join them in their strike!

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Lori- 20 year veteran, and Barb- Statement Clerk.....'unaffected' by technologic changes according to the CEOs comments.
(Barb + several other casual/part-timers = "Only one person affected" ... in His calculations).
Solidarity Forever.....For the Union Makes us Strong!

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Yes, we worked in good faith almost 2 years beyond our contract expiration.

Great execution Nance.




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We aren't looking to write a new book of benefits, just trying to get up to par on some things
that the other local cu's have already negotiated in their contracts.

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14 managers, 48 staff, which is actually 3.42, but I rounded it up.

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I kill myself. Seriously Rick. Look out for your marketing position,

I'm hot on your heels.


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My co-picketors. They have put in 3+ hours this week! Do they get picket pay too?

PS. This is the sign Bradley almost cried over. He didn't want me to do word play on his slogan. Said Hike Tour Guider referenced our 'effing' signs today.
And to think I thought they forgot we were standing outside in the rain, sleet and snow?!?!?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Comments from members...

Here's some letters & comments... from our members.
It's good to know they understand that there's more than one side to
the dispute, than what has been announced in NDCU Bulletins & media releases.



"Dear Doug Stoddart and NDCU Board Members,


Having been a fully participating member of the Nelson and District Credit Union for over 30 years, I find it necessary to voice my disappointment about the way in which you are handling the labour dispute with your employees.


One of the reasons I have had my account with the Credit Union is to benefit the community and the local economy thru my banking and loans. Another reason is that, unlike the Royal Bank, the Credit Union is member run through our voting and we can influence the policies and conduct of the organization.


The women who are on the picket lines are our friends and neighbors. They are enduring hardship to resolve issues that need to be addressed for their future well being and self respect. They are not hardened union troublemakers bent on bringing the company down and do not deserve to be treated like they have been. They deserve respect in negotiations and not no-shows and high-handed ultimatums. They deserve participation in good faith. It seems to me that if you can give $1.6 million of our Credit Union dividends to the community as Community grants, you can give a settlement to these workers that is more than fair and equitable. After all, they are the community and no doubt these folks are members of the Credit Union themselves.


Please address this distressing situation in a responsive and generous manner as soon as possible.


Sincerely,

Peter Duryea"



- .... "the Mission statement of the NDCU. You claim that you are working towards careful and ethical stewardship. I hope that this stewardship goes beyond the financial interests of the members but also includes your unionized employees. Posting employees' salaries is a blatant attempt at manipulating the public. It is my understanding that wages are not the issue but rather the manner in which management deals with its employees. Therefore posting of the employees wages without posting managements' wages gives me a very unfavourable impression about how business is being conducted...."

-"Where are the board of directors? And why would they let one of their own go on vacation to Hawaii and NOT service the members, who own the CU?"

-... "Research has shown that the best employers are those who work respectfully with their employees. A trusting relationship between management and unionized employees increases loyalty and productivity. In my opinion, Credit Unions were not established to follow the typical business model of “master and servant” with its main goal being earning money for the shareholders.
When I read in the management prepared bulletins that the negotiating table is not the place to bring grievances, I was quite shocked because that is the very place that contract language is refined and clarified. Is your statement a way to avoid dealing with a problem.? Furthermore, a collective agreement is a document that is signed by two parties. It is, therefore, incumbent on both parties to work respectfully within the conditions established by the agreement. If the language within a collective agreement does not do what it is intended to do then, absolutely, the issue needs to be addressed at the negotiating table. That is the very place to rewrite clause language..."

-...and believe I've heard both sides. Unfortunately, as a member of this bank, I'm still confused as to exactly what everyone wants. Seems like gross miscommunication, which is unfortunate...and irritating. It's good that management has gotten in touch to negotiate; though it doesn't sound like they're actually open to very much negotiation...I hope it gets settled in a way satisfactory for everyone. They're all, management and union members both, good members of the community and (by my experience) good people" ...

- The assumption, of course, is that the NDCU labour dispute is about money. It is not. In speaking with the tellers over the past few days, they have made it clear they are NOT striking for higher wages, but rather, in order to have their concerns with systemic and management issues addressed. It is their contention that local management "will not even hear" the matters they have been trying to have attended to for some time"...