BULLETIN #1

Contents
» Contract expires
» Bargaining
» Why it matters
» What's next

Countdown to Bargaining

Your contract
Our contract with the Star is up for renewal. We are heading into a round of bargaining that shapes up as the most difficult since our union was founded by Beland Honderich and others in 1948. We have some very tough decisions ahead.

Bargaining
By law, formal bargaining cannot begin more than 90 days before the expiry of an existing contract. This means bargaining could begin any time from Oct. 2 onward. There have been some very broad exploratory meetings with the company - nothing formal, although some balloons are being floated for early discussion. Neither side has set or requested a timetable for bargaining; no bargaining sessions have been scheduled.

Your bargaining team, listed below, was elected in the spring.

Next steps
Our next bulletin will tell you how you can participate in a member survey. You'll be able to do this by email or on paper. We want to hear your early thoughts and specific ideas.

We'll be gathering in weeks at a general meeting to discuss all this, time and date to be announced. We'll let you know when in another bulletin. You'll be able to keep up with all bulletins on our local union website.

Your role
We need you to get engaged. Talk to your colleagues, stewards and bargaining reps. Get ready to participate.

Guild Bargaining Committee
Unit Chair: Maureen Dawson
Editorial: Dan Smith and Valerie Hauch (alternate)
Circulation: Steve Gjorkes and Jeff Bodrucky (alternate)
Finance: Cathie Nichols and Dawn Armstrong (alternate)
Advertising: Elizabeth Marzari and Dijana Maderic (alternate)
Thestar.com: Craig Wattie and Tony Camara (alternate)
Pre-Press: Lester Veszlenyi and Lorraine Wohlgemuth (alternate)