Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Credit union deal finally signed

read the full article by Greg Nesteroff - Nelson Star
A year after a strike ended at the Nelson and District Credit Union, unionized employees at last have a signed collective agreement.

It follows a ruling by the Labour Relations Board last Wednesday around contract language. Both sides agree it took too long to resolve.

“Most of the discussions involving the board shouldn’t have had to happen, but they did,” says Doug Singer, financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 1-405. “This has been a long, complicated process.”

Singer says although the agreement had not been finalized, the Credit Union followed its terms anyway, so workers weren’t shortchanged.

“They were applying the collective agreement, but it was a very unnecessary process,” he says. “It got dragged out. There weren’t a lot of logical or legitimate reasons that it took as long as it did.”

Credit union general manager Doug Stoddart says since the memorandum was reached last fall, “the union continually asked for changes. From management’s perspective we simply wanted to complete the process and get the new agreement registered with the labour board.”

The recent ruling granted one final language change and ordered both sides to sign the agreement.

The contract runs through May 31, 2013.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

NDCU AGM on Wednesday, April 20 at the Prestige

Almost a year to the day of when the strike ended the Collective Agreement has finally been signed at Nelson & District Credit Union. It was an arduous process to say the least but finally with the help of a decision from the Labour Relations Board that once again sided with the union on this matter the United Steelworkers Local 1-405 received the signed copy on Friday, April 15!! A sigh of relief went up throughout the staff when they received the news. It would be nice if this were the only issue the union has had to deal with since the whole ordeal of last year but they will continue doing what needs to be done.

Just a reminder about your input at the Annual General Meeting being held, Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Prestige Inn in Nelson.