IBEW has been approached by a number of CP managers who expressed their disappointment and frustration in dealing with CP.
Certainly the economy has not been great, and business may have suffered, however it is unfair that CP has not recognized
the hard work and effort put forward by CP management personnel.
It has been very difficult to accept minimal to zero pay increases over
the last two years. It is even more difficult to accept that there has been no bonus pay in recognition
of hard work. The fact is there does not appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel. A
new CEO will not magically create a new environment in which salaries can be increased. The reality is
that change will occur.
People we have talked to have expressed their fear of not being able
to reach their retirement. If they do, they are not seeing how they will maximize their best five years
of salary to improve their pension and allow them to retire with dignity.
is being suggested is that the middle managers all across Canada unite and meet at the bargaining table with their employer
to mitigate any cuts, restructuring and layoffs. Certainly it is difficult to know what the future may
hold, however the opportunity to negotiate increases that must be maintained and to negotiate bonuses or overtime pay which
cannot be taken away is certainly better than begging for mercy.
The IBEW has a
long history in representing men and women in the workplace. We believe we are the right choice to represent
your interests with your employer, as we have a long practice in working with our employers to find solutions that are not
simply one-sided but consider the needs of everyone involved.
Without a collective
agreement in place all the terms of employment are at risk and are subject to the whims of the employer. Pension, sick leave,
vacation, medical benefits, hours of work and wages are examples of the areas that the employer has the unrestricted opportunity
to adjust without your permission or input.We invite you to consider your alternatives and ask you to support each other and
protect each other's rights by joining with the IBEW and having a say in your future.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Membership Development Department is committed to improving the lives
of North America’s electrical workers and their families. With more than 700,000 members, the IBEW is among the
world’s strongest labour organizations, representing workers in a range of skilled occupations in a wide variety of
fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications,
broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. The Brotherhood has members in the United States, Canada, Puerto
Rico, the Panama Canal Zone, Guam and Saipan.
Built on the principles of family, fairness, justice
and equality, the IBEW reflects the fact that union members enjoy superior wages and benefits for their abilities. For these
reasons, the IBEW Membership Development Department is dedicated to advancing the legacy of our founders: joining North America’s
electrical workers in a common organization to make a better life for all.
“Only a fool would try to deprive working men
and working women of their right to join the union of their choice.”
To organize all workers in the entire electrical industry
in the United States and Canada, including all those in the electrical construction trades, utilities, telecommunications,
electrical manufacturing, government, railroads and broadcasting.
Whether you are a professional or blue collar employee, the IBEW has experience in organizing
and representing workers in your career. As a member of the IBEW, you can negotiate with your employer for better wages and
benefits, fair treatment, a safe working environment and a harassment-free workplace.
Through our union we achieve a
strong voice, one that cannot be easily dismissed by management.