Thompson Products Employees' Association

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE MAY17th

 

  There has been a Final Offer put forward to The Executive, which we will be presenting to the Membership.

It will be presented to the Membership in full, in the Plant 1 training center. We will have a question/answer period that follows this presentation. 

  There will be a briefing handout available to all employees starting immediately; your strike captain or your rep will be in contact with you shortly. These handouts will be made available at the plant picket lines as of today.

  

     We appreciate the support that has been given to us during these negotiations.

     The Executive

 

TPEA INFORMATION
• Meetings will be held on Tuesday, May 18 in the Plant 1 Training Centre at the following
times:
▪ 7:00 a.m.
▪ 9:00 a.m.
▪ 11:00 a.m.
▪ 1:00 p.m.
▪ 3:00 p.m.
▪ 7:00 p.m.
▪ 11:00 p.m.
▪ 3:00 a.m. (Wednesday)
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all meetings will be limited to 40 people per meeting.
Please follow all COVID-19 protocols put in place.
There will be a required temperature check and screening prior to being admitted to the
meetings.
• Reps will be also be available on the Picket Line for you to get information and to ask
questions.
• Voting will take place on Wednesday, May 19 in the Plant 1 Training Centre from
7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
• If the contract is ratified, the members will return to work starting at 11:00 p.m. for the
Thursday night shift.
Stay informed! Please check the website for continuing updates!

Update May 16th, 2021.

 

At this time, little to no movement has been made with the company. We as your Executive, put forth a legitimate counter proposal to the company. We received their response last night and without going into specifics, the company has maintained their position of refraining from presenting a legitimate response, in the opinion of the Executive. Talks are now stagnating. We are open to discussing any ideas that would get us closer to an agreement but it requires cooperation from all parties. We are asking you, the Membership, to continue with your unwavering support as we are collectively in this together. Stay strong, stay united, stay committed to the process and stay safe.

 

Yours in Brotherhood,

The TPEA Executive 

 

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE May 13th

 

The negotiations are continuing at a slow pace. We are scheduled to meet with the company tomorrow afternoon.

There have been inquires from The Membership regarding EI eligibility due to the fact that this is lockout, not a strike. To be clear, whether it’s a strike or a lockout, entitlement to EI remains the same. Unfortunately, we have no claim to EI. We hope this clears up any misunderstandings.

Thank You for your continued support.

The Executive

 

UPDATE May 11th

The Association is continuing to meet daily with the company. More talks are scheduled for Wednesday, May 12th.

Stay Safe, Stay Strong

Yours in Brotherhood

The Executive

 

UPDATE MAY 8th

 

We had a brief meeting with the company this morning and will be resuming talks on Monday. The Executive are in contact with each other working towards a resolution.

We would like to extend our thanks to The Membership for their strong show of support on the picket lines.

With it being Mother’s Day our presence will be scaled back on the picket lines, this will be arranged through your Strike Captains. Spend the day with your families and man the pickets again Sunday for the midnight shift.

Stay Safe and Strong

Yours in Brotherhood

The Executive

Update 9:00 PM May 6th, 2021.

 

TPEA Membership Locked Out.

 

Talks with the company resumed at 1:00 PM this afternoon. Talks hit an impasse at 7:30 PM and broke off. Your Executive is open to negotiating tirelessly on your behalf but remain vigilant in protecting the Members’ rights and position. We thank you for your unwavering support through this difficult time. 

 

Please continue to practice all COVID-19 protocols and stay safe.

 

Yours in Brotherhood,

The Executive

 

May 5, 2021

TPEA LOCKED OUT

THK has Locked Out The Membership.

After meeting with a conciliator all day the Company decided to end talks as of 6:20pm .

The midnight shift should report to the plants to set-up picket lines, which will go into effect at 12:01am Thursday, May 6th. You will be contacted by your Strike Captains. All employees are to park in Plant 1 parking lot

We will resume talks Thursday afternoon.

Please practice all COVID 19 PROTOCOLS.

Stay Safe.

Yours in Brotherhood,

The Executive

 

May 4 2021

2021 NEGOTIATIONS

UPDATE

*Please Adhere to COVID 19 Protocols*

 

In the event of a work stoppage, please report to the plant on Day 1 for your regularly scheduled shift. The Strike Captains have the agreed upon Code of Conduct and NRP Rules and Regulations, which they will pass on to you.

Day 2: A minimum of 4 hours is required. The strike captains will be contacting employees in regards to hours and shift coverage’s.

Strike Captains

Rod Dunnett

Steve McAllister

Ken Chmay ( Martin Early )

Dale Kane

John Redmond

Jeff Jack

Jerry Della Vecchia

Jim Maude

Tom House

Please note that the website will be up-dated as information becomes available, Please check back regularly.

Yours in Brotherhood:

The TPEA Executive

 

April 19 2021

Strike Deadline Update

In regards to the date change, The Executive followed the proper timing and scheduling format in regards to initiating the conciliation process. Our legal firm, as in the past, contacts the conciliation office and a conciliator is assigned. His duty is then to contact both parties to initiate a “no board report “which is necessary to have both parties in a legal strike/lockout position.

 

The conciliator contacted both parties (through their legal representatives).  Due to the overwhelming back log created by the pandemic, and the fact that his office is working with a skeleton crew, the delay would most certainly be after the usual April 30th deadline.  Our lawyer emphasized how important the timelines were to the Membership. The conciliator expressed that he would do everything in his power to expedite the no board report.

 

We received confirmation this morning from the conciliation office that the legal strike /lockout date is now May 6th. So to be clear, if both sides are unsuccessful in coming to an agreement, this Executive will be taking the members on strike as of 12:01a.m May 6th.

 

I apologize for this inconvenience and want to reassure the Membership that the Executive is committed to returning a contract that is fair and just to the Membership!

 

Yours in Brotherhood

Frank Viscek

 

Sunday April 11 2021

Strike Vote Results : 99.3% Yes

Thank You for Your Support

 

To: The Membership

From: Frank Viscek, TPEA President

Date: March 17, 2021

Re: Annual General Meeting and Contract Negotiations

 

Dear Union Brothers,

I am writing this letter to give notice to everyone that the executive is cancelling the Annual General Membership meeting slated for the end of the month.  Current Covid restrictions prevent us from safely gathering together.  The executive will be focussing their energies on the upcoming contract negotiations.

We will be off-site starting Monday, March 22, 2021.  The entire executive will be in the plants every Thursday afternoon to handle any issues that arise.  The date and location for the strike vote will be communicated to everyone in due time.

Stay Safe!

Yours in Brotherhood

 

Frank Viscek, TPEA President

 

IMPORTANT!

ATTENTION: ALL EMPLOYEES
RE: MANDATORY ENTRANCE POINTS AND DAILY SCREENING
THK St. Catharines has made it mandatory that all employees MUST enter through either:
• the Plant 1 North Gate Employee Entrance or
• the Plant 2 Security Entrance.

These are the only entry points for Plant 1 and Plant 2.

Anyone entering Plant 1 and Plant 2, must be pre-screened by an official  representative on a daily basis. Your temperature will be taken, and a short mandatory survey must be completed. Based on the results of your pre-screen, they  must approve your access to enter the plants.
If you are denied access, they  will notify HR and your supervisor and you will be contacted about next steps.

 

Sincerely

Frank Viscek, TPEA President



 

IMPORTANT!

ATTENTION: ALL EMPLOYEES
RE: MANDATORY ENTRANCE POINTS AND DAILY SCREENING
THK St. Catharines has made it mandatory that all employees MUST enter through either:
• the Plant 1 North Gate Employee Entrance or
• the Plant 2 Security Entrance.

These are the only entry points for Plant 1 and Plant 2.

Anyone entering Plant 1 and Plant 2, must be pre-screened by an official  representative on a daily basis. Your temperature will be taken, and a short mandatory survey must be completed. Based on the results of your pre-screen, they  must approve your access to enter the plants.
If you are denied access, they  will notify HR and your supervisor and you will be contacted about next steps.

 

Sincerely

Frank Viscek, TPEA President

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