We have worked relentlessly for the past few days with the assistance of Special Mediator William Kaplan and the head of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services, Guy Baron, to finalize our negotiations.
Bargaining continued until the early hours of this morning and we have now achieved two agreements in principle, one for each of the RSMC and Urban Bargaining Units. The negotiating committee has unanimously recommended to the National Executive Board that we accept these agreements in principle. The majority of the National Executive Board has voted to accept these agreements and are recommending that the membership ratify them. We achieved these agreements because we remained strong and maintained our strategy.
The tentative collective agreements must be ratified by a majority vote of the members in each respective bargaining unit. The ratification vote process can be found in section 6.18 of our National Constitution.
The details of the tentative agreements will be provided in future bulletins. Information about ratification votes will be sent out in the near future.
The members of the negotiating committee thank everyone for all of your support and solidarity activities during this difficult round of negotiations. The last few days have been difficult with the on again - off again job activities. Thanks to all of you for being patient. We could not have achieved these tentative agreements without your support.