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Captain Kirk

Abbotsford, Canada

#1 May 14, 2009
What's happening in Edmonton.
tonto

Saint-laurent, Canada

#2 May 14, 2009
Hang in there boys, maybe they'll come to their senses.

And NO we don't want him back.
worker

Spruce Grove, Canada

#3 May 14, 2009
not good,hope we get to vote contract through,very freindly plant to work in and a job is better than no job,just wish there was light at the end of the tunnel.our managment team(supervisors)and bindery managers are good to work for and the pay is still resonable,just wish it would come to end and we can get back to doing what we love best,production.it costs the company with our no stance,but it cost our employees added stress,its hard to know if you can feed your kids or not,just wish quebecor was the giant it was 10 years ago,and hopefuly people remember when they took care of us and we can take care of them.
LeDuck

Calgary, Canada

#5 May 15, 2009
We were told that if we vote NO, we will be locked out. We still voted no, so now it is a 14 day cooling off period and then we vote to strike - otherwise due to our labor laws we can be forced to take the contract. Lots of blustering going on, but lets hope this gets resolved quick, without strikes, lockouts or Regis trying his bully boy tactics.
worker

Spruce Grove, Canada

#6 May 15, 2009
ya hope regis lightens up a bit,wouldnt take much to get this done quick,but well see,hard to go to work with everybody on the bubble,our plant makes good money and still can,hope it dosent go the two weeks and we come to agreement sooner and get back to business and put this behind us
noseeum

Canada

#7 May 15, 2009
... and up go the fences in Edmonton. (noon)
Salaried Employee

Burnaby, Canada

#8 May 15, 2009
So looks like Edmonton is the only Cdn plant as far that as voted NO, anyone out there know the results of the Darthmouth plant ?
bruce d

Scarborough, Canada

#9 May 15, 2009
LeDuck wrote:
We were told that if we vote NO, we will be locked out. We still voted no, so now it is a 14 day cooling off period and then we vote to strike - otherwise due to our labor laws we can be forced to take the contract. Lots of blustering going on, but lets hope this gets resolved quick, without strikes, lockouts or Regis trying his bully boy tactics.
sad...so much for fair barganing....my guess is DO NOT STRIKE...at least if they lock you out you will get U.I or severance etc....good luck...i was union and i was let go in Feb...sucks
Salaried Employee

Burnaby, Canada

#10 May 15, 2009
Sure does Bruce, but you know over the years anyone I have ever know to leave QW, has always emerged victoroulsy. Life went on for them and life will go on for you too
Salaried Employee

Leduc, Canada

#11 May 15, 2009
Did you wonder if the vote would have went the other way and it was a Yes vote, jobs would be secure well that's a big fat maybe, it's like everyone has already speculated the company already knows which plants are to close. Don't think for a moment that just cause you all down south doesn't mean SHIT
Probationary Employee

Edmonton, Canada

#12 May 15, 2009
I am hearing that there are postings put up today for a revote this coming wednesday.
I would suspect they are saying the joggers were misinformed of their wage as they are now paid over contract rate.
Most likely the company believes that if they promise the joggers their premium it will swing the vote to a yes.
If the company does not put this padded rate in the contract it means nothing. I hope to hear soon what the excuse is for a new vote.
It took alot of stones to vote no on this and to make us weigh in on this a second time without damn good reason is annoying, assanine and ludicrous.
Another Salaried Employee

Edmonton, Canada

#13 May 15, 2009
Actually, we were told that as soon as the clock strikes '14 days' to the hour, the company will be serving lockout notice, not giving the union time to vote on a strike.
Salaried Employee - Web Press in Vancouver voted No too, but they re-voted after they got their lockout notice and accepted.(No 14 day period there because there was no arbitration) I think similar things happened in plants in Quebec.

Since: May 09

Edmonton, Canada

#14 May 15, 2009
The revote is happening.
The company has requested a 45 min audience preceding the next vote. There is some "clarifications" they need to make concerning their final offer.
This means now that people have seen the fence posts go in and the company has polled the employees about their fears they can play on that and swing the vote.

round 2: the final final offer
Another Salaried Employee

United States

#15 May 15, 2009
Wonder if the 60-odd union members who couldn't be bothered to show up last time will vote this time...
Another Salaried Employee

AOL

#16 May 15, 2009
Wow... I'm in L.A now!

Since: May 09

Edmonton, Canada

#17 May 15, 2009
the vote notice was not put up until monday. 2 days prior to the vote. half the shop would not be coming into work until thursday. the day after the vote. this means that if the union did not get ahold of the employees by phone they would not know the vote was taking place. I know of at least 10 people that had no idea it even happened until it was too late.

Since: May 09

Edmonton, Canada

#18 May 15, 2009
yah i noticed...hows the weather in LA?
Tom Tom

Bothell, WA

#19 May 15, 2009
I was told and called pick the phone up.
FireCracker in FrogsMouth

Guelph, Canada

#20 May 16, 2009
lol wrote:
are they really shuttering you guys??
Holy fk me!...what a fkin piece of work this Reggy fkr is...has anyone else noticed how HR managers are all bein let go after all this chaos??...that to me speaks volumes...get someone to do the deed and then gas em...fricken heartless...a fkn fence around your building??...sounds rediculous to me
Careful friend - if you swear at them they will hunt you down and punish you.
Guys, the company or these people don't give a crap about any of us. They are hired guns to get the company ready for RRD to buy it. Why do you think every plant is spending so time and money cleaning up? Hmmm... so the plants look pretty for us or so they look good to a prospective buyer. Think about it...
Not to worry there is a silver lining. We will all end up woking for a little bit less money and the first thing RRD will do is violently fire all the frogs from head office that screwed this thing up in the first place.
What goes around comes around...
Vote yes in Edmonton and stick around to watch the fire crackers explode.
Captain Kirk

Abbotsford, Canada

#21 May 16, 2009
Another Salaried Employee wrote:
Actually, we were told that as soon as the clock strikes '14 days' to the hour, the company will be serving lockout notice, not giving the union time to vote on a strike.
Salaried Employee - Web Press in Vancouver voted No too, but they re-voted after they got their lockout notice and accepted.(No 14 day period there because there was no arbitration) I think similar things happened in plants in Quebec.
WRONG.Vancouver never had the opportunity to vote and re-vote. While the overall consensus was to vote HELL NO, management farmed all work out the week of the vote and put up the fences the Day of the vote, thus scaring us into a YES vote. We were told vote YES or the plant would close.Even the Union conceded that the company was not bluffing this time.Also the Marine Drive plant was shut down a year previous so I am sure that also weighed in on the YES side.Third party mediation was never an option for us. While I commend the Edmonton workers on their NO vote I sincerely hope that the gun put to their heads does not go off.

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