Important Documents

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Bargaining and Tentative Deal Update

Sisters and Brothers:

According to our local by-laws, when a tentative agreement is rejected the local must hold a strike vote. After consulting with Unifor we are going to hold this vote in a way that puts the tentative agreement before the members combined with a strike vote, which is the normal procedure in
Unifor. The ballot will say: “Yes, I accept the tentative agreement”/ “No, I reject the tentative agreement and authorize the Union to engage in job action up to and including a strike”.

A meeting for this purpose will be held Friday March 28, 2014 at noon at the Chimo Hotel in the
Frobisher/ Hudson room. There will be a brief info session at the start of the meeting. It is important for all members to attend to get an update and ask whatever questions they may have prior to voting.PIPSC has authorized members to take up to 2 hours to attend this important meeting. Time taken in addition to your regular lunch break will have to be made up or taken as leave or flex.

However; I have just learned that we are in the process of discussing a mediation meeting  with the Employer and do not have a final date or time, so the meeting  tomorrow may be postponed in the event that we are able to confirm a  time and date for mediation. You will get confirmation tomorrow morning. Please make plans to attend the meeting in the mean time.

In Solidarity,

Jamie Dunn,
President, Unifor Local 3011

Tentative Agreement Vote Results

Brothers and Sisters:

Following an overwhelming voter turn out, the members of Unifor local 3011 have rejected the tentative agreement with PIPSC. The Executive and Bargaining Committee are discussing next steps that will be communicated shortly.

In Solidarity,

Jamie Dunn
President, Unifor 3011

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tentative Deal Reached in Bargaining with PIPSC



Sisters and Brothers:

Attached, please find the settlement agreement in English. The French version will be distributed as soon as it is available.

Highlights:

Term: 3 years expiring March 31, 2016

Economic Increase: April 1, 2013 = 1%, April 1, 2014 = 1.5%, April 1, 2015 = 1.5%

There will be retro pay on all hours worked since April 1, 2013.

Pension Contribution increases: April 1, 2014 = 1%, January 1, 2015 = 1%, January 1, 2016 = 1% to a total of 11% contribution to pension.

Maximum Pensionable income increased to $125,000.

In addition to participation in the Pension Advisory Committee, the Union has the right to have an observer present at meetings of the Board of Directors (Pension Plan Trustees) where the pension plan is discussed, to get information and reports, ask questions, and make recommendations.

During the life of the agreement, a committee will look into post-retirement benefits.

Improved Bereavement Leave.

There will be a presentation on the tentative agreement and an opportunity for questions and comments at the Local's AGM Wed. night at the Lone Star.

The Bargaining Team would like to thank all the members of the Local for their support during bargaining. Details of the vote will be sent out shortly.

In Solidarity,
Jamie Dunn,
President, Unifor Local 3011

Monday, March 17, 2014

JUST THE FACTS: OUR PENSION / RIEN QUE LES FAITS: NOTRE REGIME RETRAITE



  • The majority of the pension deficit in 2011 was for the NON-UNION Employees.
  •  The Pension Plan is performing doing well
  •  The plan never would have had such a deficit if over $800,000 wasn’t given away.
  •  If its wrong to do to PIPSC members, its wrong to do to PIPSC Staff!


1.      In 2011, the last official valuation of the pension plan submitted to the government of Ontario, the PIPSC pension plan had a deficit of approximately $4.7 million. $ 1.64 million of that deficit was for approximately 125 unionized staff. Over $3 million of the deficit was for approximately 30 non-represented staff. Because of this deficit, PIPSC has to make extra payments to the plan of approximately $40 k per month. $14 k of that is attributable to the unionized employees’ part of the plan.

2.      Since 2004 the non-union side of the pension has been in deficit. 2011 was the first time the unionized staff side of the pension was in deficit.

3.      The restructuring and reclassification exercise of 2010 increased the number of managers and increased their salary. This increased the liability to the non-union side of the pension plan.

4.      The PIPSC pension plan is currently performing well. It made 14.6% in 2013. When reporting on the pension plan, PIPSC has to “smooth” this performance by including the plan’s average performance over the last 5 years. Some of these years saw the worst economy since the Great Depression. If the plan performs at least as well in 2014 as it did in 2013, it will be in much better shape for the next official valuation. The next official actuarial report is in 2015.

5.      In 1998, the PIPSC Board gave managers a return of their pension contributions that took over $800,000 out of the pension plan. At the pension plan’s assumed rate of return, that would equal $1,844,000 today.  In the 2011 valuation, the combined deficit of the pension plan for all unionized staff at PIPSC was 1,644,000. That would be a surplus of $200,000 if the pension hadn’t been raided.

6.      PIPSC staff have been contributing 8% of their salary to their pension for at least 30 years. PIPSC members in the Federal Government had their contributions increased to 8% in 2013.

We’ve carried more than our fair share of the pension.

PIPSC wants to force an increase of pension contributions on its employees because the Conservative did it to PIPSC members. If it was wrong for the Conservatives to do, it’s wrong for PIPSC.


Rien que les faits :     Notre régime de retraite


  • En 2011, le fonds de pension de l’IPFPC accusait un déficit d’environ 4 700 000 $. La partie de ce déficit correspondant aux 125 employés syndiqués était de 1 640 000 $, alors que celle correspondant aux 30 employés non syndiqués était de plus de 3 000 000 $.  
  • Le régime de retraite de l’IPFPC est en très bonne santé financière.
  • En 1998, le Conseil de l’IPFPC a accordé à ses directeurs une ristourne sur leurs cotisations, qui a amputé le régime de retraite de 800 000 $. Si le régime de pension n’avait pas été pillé, nous aurions plutôt en main un surplus de 200 000 $.
  • L’IPFPC veut imposer à ses employés une augmentation des cotisations parce que le gouvernement conservateur l’a fait à ses membres. Si les conservateurs ont eu tort de le faire, pourquoi l’IPFPC ferait-il la même chose?

1.      Selon la dernière évaluation officielle de notre régime de pension présentée au gouvernement de l’Ontario en 2011, le fonds de pension de l’IPFPC accusait un déficit d’environ 4 700 000 $. La partie de ce déficit correspondant aux 125 employés syndiqués était de 1 640 000 $, alors que celle correspondant aux 30 employés non syndiqués était de plus de 3 000 000 $.  En raison de ce déficit, l’IPFPC doit verser à sa caisse de retraite environ 40 000 $ de plus par mois. La partie de ce déficit correspondant aux employés syndiqués est de 14 000 $.

2.      La partie du fonds correspondant aux employés syndiqués est en déficit depuis 2011, tandis que celle correspondant aux employés non syndiqués l’est depuis 2004.

3.      La réorganisation interne et la reclassification effectuées par l’Institut en 2010 ont fait augmenter le nombre de directeurs et leur salaire, ce qui a eu pour conséquence d’augmenter la partie des engagements du régime de retraite envers les employés non syndiqués.

4.      Le régime de retraite de l’IPFPC est en très bonne santé financière. Il a rapporté 14,6 % en 2013. Lorsqu’il déclare les résultats actuariels sur le régime de retraite, l’IPFPC réfère au rendement moyen en y incluant les résultats des cinq dernières années. Certaines de ces années furent pour l’économie les pires depuis la grande dépression de 1929. Si le rendement du fonds en 2014 est à tout le moins égal à celui de 2013, le fonds affichera une bien meilleure santé financière à la prochaine évaluation actuarielle, prévue en 2015.

5.      En 1998, le Conseil de l’IPFPC a accordé à ses directeurs une ristourne sur leurs cotisations, qui a amputé le régime de retraite de 800 000 $. Hypothétiquement, ce montant vaudrait aujourd'hui 1 844 000 $.  Le déficit imputé à tous les employés syndiqués dans l’évaluation de 2011 s’élevait à 1 644 000 $. Si le régime de pension n’avait pas été pillé, nous aurions plutôt en main un surplus de 200 000 $.

6.      Le personnel de l’IPFPC a cotisé 8 % de son salaire à son fonds de pension pendant au moins 30 ans, alors que les membres de l’IPFPC qui travaillent au gouvernement fédéral n’ont vu leurs cotisations augmenter à 8 % qu’en 2013.

Nous avons donc contribué plus que notre juste part au fonds de pension.

L’IPFPC veut imposer à ses employés une augmentation des cotisations parce que le gouvernement conservateur l’a fait à ses membres. Si les conservateurs ont eu tort de le faire, pourquoi l’IPFPC ferait-il la même chose?

Monday, March 10, 2014

No Board Report from Ontario Ministry of Labour

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

I received a copy of the "no board report" from the Ontario Ministry of Labour at the end of last week. We will be in a legal strike/ lockout position on March 19, 2014. This does not mean we will immediately be on strike or locked out. The National President of Unifor has to authorize a strike and, at this point, he has not. To be prepared in case we are locked out or on strike, Unifor is providing Strike Captain training this week. The strike committee has been hard at work preparing for whatever needs to be done to get a fair deal.

On Friday March 14, 2014 we will be in mediation to try to find a fair settlement and I am hopeful that we can. It will depend on how motivated the PIPSC negotiating team is to find a deal. We are asking everyone to wear their Unifor t-shirt on Friday. New buttons are being made and will be circulated this week. Please show your support for your bargaining team by wearing your Unifor button.

Only by standing together will we achieve the best possible settlement for ourselves and our families.

On behalf of your bargaining team,

Jamie Dunn,
President, Unifor local 3011