UPS Negotiating Committee Announced

February 11, 2013

UFCW Local 401 would like to announce that the United Protection Services negotiating committee has been chosen. These workers were selected following the Union proposal meetings in January.
“We wanted to try and get representation from each of the different lodges where the guards work,” says Union Representative Archie Duckworth. “The Union negotiating committee will be the voice of the workers at the negotiating table. They will discuss key issues and give direction to the union negotiator on the members’ priorities for negotiations.”

The members of the Negotiating Committee are as follows:

Abdelrahman

Mohamed

Wapasu

Abdulle

Abdulaziz

Henday

Arcand

Shaylene

Conklin

Calliou

Erin

Jackfish

Daychief

Nigel

Conklin

Farah

Jama

Wapasu

Hussen

Mohamed

Wapasu

Issa

Maha

Wapasu

Jama

Abdirisak

Athabasca

 Mohamed

 Abdinashid

 Wapasu

Muskwa

George

Mariana Lake

Samarakoon

Dilshan

Wapasu

 

 

 

 

The committee members also play a critical role in making sure the employer is being honest and straightforward during negotiations. “The majority of workers have a better understanding than their employers of how to do their jobs and what is really required,” continues Duckworth. “I think it will be a real eye opener for the managers and company officials in Edmonton to hear first-hand about the working conditions in the Alberta Oil Sands. The remote work environment and time away from home truly creates a difficult set of working conditions.”

Local 401 has arranged for a Negotiating Committee training session February 27 and 28. This training is designed to give the members of the negotiating committee a sense of what to expect from negotiations. The location for the training is still being confirmed, but will likely be held at the Wapasu lodge. All members of the negotiating committee will be asked to attend. Members of the Union Negotiating Committee will be compensated for attending the training, and for all negotiations. Members of the committee can expect not to lose any income from sitting on the negotiating committee.

Some UPS Guards may be wary, given the history of when their former Union, STEU, signed a deal with UPS without proper input or involvement from the members affected by the deal. Local 401 wants to assure every guard that they will have input into their Union Contract before it is accepted by UFCW Local 401.

For more information about UPS Negotiations check www.thesecurityguardunion.caor contact Archie Duckworth at 403-861-2121 or aduckworth@ufcw401.ab.ca.