Bargaining Process Update

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Brothers and Sisters,

As you may know, the 21 affiliated unions of the Building Trades of Alberta have been in negotiations for the 2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement since September of 2014. As the New Year approaches, and with ratification votes expected to take place through March/April of 2015, we wanted to provide an update on where the process stands and when more complete information about the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreements will be ready and available. 

Similar to our process in 2011, we began the framework or multi-table bargaining process before each individual local started to negotiate the specific terms and conditions related to their individual trade. By all accounts, framework bargaining to date has gone well, and all of our local unions are currently engaged in ongoing negotiations at the trade-specific tables.

Right now, we believe finalized details about the 2015 CBA’s will be available in early March, once both the framework and trade-specific portions are complete.

It is important that members have the opportunity to make an informed decision on their ratification vote. The materials that will be made available to you in March will reflect that. The information you should receive will include the finalized CBA for your trade, a letter explaining the substantive changes in the common clauses of the framework agreement and a menu of frequently asked questions.

2014 has been an extraordinary year for our unions, members and industry and we would like to thank you for being at the heart of our success. From all of us at the Building Trades of Alberta, we hope that your Christmas Season is filled with happiness and joy for both you and your family, and we wish you all the best in the New Year.   

Fraternally and Sincerely yours, 

Warren T. Fraleigh

Executive Director of the Building Trades of Alberta and on behalf of the BTA Framework Bargaining Committee

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