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  • KEN: Introduce yourself Thanks to the TWU for inviting us to be here We ’re pleased to give you an overview of our union, to provide an outline of what we see some of the merger considerations to be and to answer questions about how we can work together. As you know, in early November of this year we met to renew the Strategic Alliance between our two unions. This is an alliance that we are proud of and that we expected would continue to grow and develop. Then in late November we learned from George that the Executive Council had passed its motion in favour of merger with the USW. In fact I recall that I was at a meeting of our union’s leadership in Quebec when I got an email from George asking that I give him a call about a motion that affected us. Until my assistant Mark called we had no idea that it dealt with the possible merger of our unions. But since then we have worked cooperatively to be part of a process that we think will inform and engage the TWU membership. We would be honoured to join together wit the TWU and its membership across Canada. But we know that this is a decision that only TWU members can make. Our team today will give you an overview of our union and I’m now going to turn it over to my assistant Mark Rowlinson who will speak to the next few slides. But before that I’d like the elected Director of District 3 of our union to say a few words – Steve Hunt Steve… Thanks Ken. As you heard, I am the elected director of the USW here in western Canada, and I’ve been a Steelworker for over 25 years… I started my working life in a mine, I’ve been a local health and safety activist, I’ve been a staff rep, staff in our district office and national office and a District Director for the past half-dozen years. As a District Director, I serve on our International Executive Board, with Ken and all the other directors. We just came from an IEB meeting where Ken spoke to all three Canadian directors about the TWU, and this opportunity for a merger. I just want to say, on behalf of all three Canadian District Directors – Daniel Roy in Quebec and Marty Warren in Ontario & the Maritimes – that we are very excited about the possibility of joining with the TWU to make our unions stronger, together. And importantly, I want to assure you that when we do mergers – and we’ve done quite a few – that, first and foremost, this needs to be about delivering better representation and a stronger union to the members, of both unions. For my part, and on behalf of all the Canadian district directors, we will provide whatever support we can to this exciting process. Now, over to you Mark…
  • MARK: Introduce yourself… We have a large team here to interact with you and to give you a idea about the range of our union ’s resources. I won ’t introduce each person because each of them will speak to you as part of our presentation today, but you’ll see there names here on the screen.
  • MARK: We ’ll give an overview of how the USW is structured, a bit about the diversity of USW membership, we'll review of the services we provide to our members, and then we’ll talk in some detail about some of what we see as important considerations for the TWU and our union to work together, and we'll have time for Q&A.
  • MARK – Note that all of the pictures in this presentation are of various actual USW members across Canada. This pic is of one of the leaders of our unit of technicians and technologists at the Xstrata mining operation in Sudbury Ontario. review slide
  • MARK – review slide (Pic is of member at University of Toronto – a unit of close to 4,000 members)
  • MARK – review slide, note difference b/w our elections and unions that elect leaders at delegated conventions Pic is of members voting on a resolution at a USW National Policy Conference
  • MARK – review slide Three (3) year term of office President, Vice- President, Financial Secretary, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Guards, Guides, Trustees
  • MARK – review slide USW Locals determine their own bargaining priorities with support from the USW Local also have a key role in setting overall union policies through getting involved in our various policy setting events such as NPC, Int Conventions, etc
  • SCOTT – introduce yourself – IWA merger history Review slide 50,000 - 65,000 members
  • SCOTT – Review slide
  • NATHALIE – – introduce yourself – current job as USW staff rep, but former leader of TCU prior to merger with USW. Mention recent bargaining with Nordia call centres. Review slide About 65,000 members on Quebec, known as les Métallos,
  • SCOTT – review slide
  • Scott – USW has a breadth and diversity of Local Unions: - "stand-alone" locals (e.g., single workplace / employer) . Big (e.g., Highland Valley Copper, Logan Lake, LU 7619, 1200 members) . Small (e.g., Behlen Industries, Brandon, LU 7913, 130 members) - "amalgamated" (geographic) locals covering multiple workplaces/contracts . Big (e.g., LU 2009, Langley, 4500 members, 120 units / workplaces) . Small (e.g., LU 5917, Regina, 510 members, 15 units / workplaces) - "sectoral" locals (e.g., LU 5966, security guards, Ontario; LU 2010, woodworkers in N. Ontario) - "national" or "provincial" locals (e.g., LUs 1976 & 2004 transportation/railway members) Larger USW locals often have full-time officers & staff ALL locals have an assigned Staff Representative
  • Scott – review slide
  • MARK – review slide To provide services to our members, Staff Representatives draw upon: Pic is University of Guelph
  • PAULA – introduce yourself and review slide
  • PAULA – review slide USW Legal dept would be involved in helping ensure that a merger goes smoothly and is in compliance with the USW and TWU constitutions and the relevant provisions of the Canada Labour Code such as section 43 which deals with successor trade union status and the requirement of employer to recognize such transitions.
  • BRAD – introduce yourself and review slide
  • BRAD – review slide Pic is member at U of T, L 1998 What kind of wage increases have other unions and employees in your sector obtained recently? How much would it cost to add new benefits? What is the real financial status of Telus? How will the industry be changing in the future? What are the long term trends in Canada ’s telecommunications sector? What are the prospects for the future for Telus?
  • DANA – Intro yourself review slide Back to the Locals focus Refer to USW priority on member education / training at both fed and prov levels  
  • DANA – review slide Leadership Development 4 yr. scholarship Program developed in conjunction with George Meany University Leadership Development on a global level with a 2 year scholarship program offered in London England and Washington D.C. Scholarships for members and Locals offered annually as well as specific designated scholarships for Women and members under 30 The “Next Generation” Program
  • BRAD Review slide Org plan in sector going forward
  • BRAD Review slide Org plan in sector going forward
  • SCOTT Review mergers NATHALIE - comments on TCU merger
  • BOB – Bob Matters My background was as an IWA member, activist and local union president in the Kootenays. At the time of the IWA merger with the Steelworkers in 2004, I was the president of my local, on our national executive board and a member of the merger negotiating committee. I just want to say, at the outset, that it was the ability to actually “negotiate”, raise issues and solve those issues that made the IWA merger with USW a success. Within the principles that we established – principles that worked for the USW and IWA – we were able to cross all T’s, dot all the I’s and make sure that all the details about what a merger looked like were dealt with. ….written, transparent merger agreement So, in that light, I just want to go through this slide …
  • BOB Review slide And, before I hand it over to Paula, I just want to say, from the perspective of the members I represented at the time of the merger, our merger was a huge benefit. In fact, with the economic downturn during the late 2000s, I’m not sure how well the former IWA and IWA locals would have fared on our own.
  • PAULA – review slide
  • BRAD – review slide
  • KEN – review slide
  • George moderates Q&A, directs questions to KEN
  • USW Presentation To TWU

    1. TWU-STT & USW:A par tner ship for thefutureDecember 12, 2012
    2. USW team
    3. Summary1. Our structure2. Our membership3. Our resources and services4. TWU-STT / USW merger considerations5. Q&A
    4. USW overview 800,000 members across North America Canadian autonomy within an international union 225,000 members in Canada Most diverse union in Canada
    5. USW diversity & strength  2,700 collective agreements across Canada in every sector  50 agreements with 11,800 members under the Canada Labour Code  10 communications sector units, 5 in the U.S.: 1,800 members
    6. USW democracy & structure  Most other unions choose top leaders by delegates at conventions  USW democracy: leaders directly elected by one- member, one-vote  President, National Director for Canada, all International Officers and District Directors
    7. USW democracy & structure Same process for USW Local Union executive elections: one-member, one- vote Next Local Union elections: April 2015
    8. USW Locals set USW policy LOCAL UNION MEMBERSHIP elects delegates to USW USW International International Constitutional Constitutional Convention Convention USW USW Other Other USW USW Canadian Canadian Conferences, Conferences, District District Policy Policy CLC, etc. CLC, etc. Conferences ConferencesConferenceConference
    9. USW Overview: District 3  B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and three northern territories  Members in about 900 different workplaces  Servicing offices in Burnaby, Trail, Langley, Prince George, Calgary, Edmonton, plus offices in Saskatchewan and Manitoba
    10. USW overview: District 6  Ontario and Atlantic provinces  Members in about 930 different workplaces  Servicing offices in Cambridge, Hamilton, Hawkesbury, Kingston, London, Mississauga, Orillia, Oshawa, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto, plus four Atlantic offices
    11. USW overview: District 5  Quebec  Members in about 650 different workplaces  Servicing offices in Montreal, Jonquiere, Quebec, Rouyn- Noranda, Brossard, Sept-Isles , Ste- Therese
    12. USW Dues1.45% of pay, plus 2 cents per hour worked 44% to Local Union (education, lost time, membership approved expenditures) 44% to USW (spent in Canada on services and staff support) 7% to USW Strike and Defence Fund ($214 million) 3% to Organizing, 1% to Canadian Education Fund, 1% to political action
    13. USW Local UnionsDiversity: a broad mix of diverse local union structures,designed to be flexible and meet members’ needsAll sizes of ‘stand-alone’ locals: single workplace /employer)All sizes of ‘amalgamated’ (geographic) locals coveringmultiple workplaces/contractsSectoral localsNational and provincial locals
    14. USW Services & SupportStructure: mix of single-workplace locals,multi-workplace amalgamated localsServices: delivered by USW Staff RepresentativesTrained, experienced USW employees responsible toelected DirectorsStaff Reps access USW resources, experts (LegalDepartment, Research Department, Communications,etc.)
    15. USW Servicesand Support Research Department Legal Department Strategic Campaigns Health, Safety and Environment Education, Human Rights, Retirees Communications and Political Action Organizing
    16. UnitedSteelworkersLegal Department• 7 full-time lawyers in the Canadian National Office• Plus retained lawyers• Provide legal advice and support to USW Staff Representatives and Local Union leadership
    17. USW Legal Department Collective agreement language Training for staff and Local Union officials on legal issues Collective bargaining strategy Grievances and arbitration Human rights issues
    18. USW ResearchDepartment• 9 Research staff in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal• Trained experts in financial costing, benefit analysis, corporate research• Experience with very wide variety of industries
    19. USW Research Department When a union:  bargains a collective agreement  develops a strategic plan  lobbies governments  engages in public campaigns It needs to understand the relevant facts
    20. USW Membership EducationThousands of USW members trained every year. Somecourse examples:
    21. USW Membership EducationOther member education highlights: Leadership development with global component Scholarships for members and Locals Next Generation program
    22. Global Partnerships USW global union with Unite (U.K.) – Workers Uniting, 3 million members USW founding member of IndustriALL – 50 million members in 140 countries Partnership with Los Mineros in Mexico
    23. USW Humanity Fund First union-based international development organization of its kind Registered Canadian charity funded by USW member contributions International development projects, emergency humanitarian aid and an education program for Steelworker members
    24. USW Political Action  Activist union, founding partner in the New Democratic Party  Fighting for: better labour laws, protection for wages and pensions, job security, health and social programs, better trade laws and more  Legislative offices in Ottawa and Washington
    25. Women of Steel program supporting women activists, recognizing womens issues as workers issues Women of Steel Leadership Development Course USW National Womens Conference
    26. USW – An Organizing Union Canadian National Organizing Department Strong legal and communications backup 13 full-time organizing staff at National and District levels Depth of experience in running large organizing campaigns Average 4,000 new members annually
    27. USW – Strength through mergers 1995 - United Rubber Workers (Canada / U.S., 95,000 members) 1996 - Aluminum, Brick & Glass Workers (Canada / U.S., 40,000 members) 2000 - Transportation Communications Union (Canada / U.S., 5,000 members)
    28. USW – Strength through mergers 2001 – University of Guelph Staff Association (Canada, 900 members) 2004 - Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers Canada (Canada, 50,000 members)
    29. TWU-STT and USW –merger principles Respects TWU-STT history as an independent union All USW services and democratic rights Balance of autonomy and support Mutually agreed transition toward the USW dues structure
    30. TWU-STT and USW –merger principles Alignment of USW resources to assist in transition and collective bargaining Democratic governance transition
    31. TWU-STT and USW –merger principles Compliance with TWU-STT and USW constitutions Recognized by CIRB Collective agreement continuity Compliance by all employers
    32. TWU-STT and USW –merger principles Mutually agreed plan Careful legal strategy Moving confidently from merger into servicing and then into collective bargaining
    33. TWU-STT and USW –merger principlesA partnership for a better future  Strong collective agreements  Top-notch service  A strong voice for all members
    34. Questions & Answer sTWU-STT Presentation,December 12, 2012