MONTREAL, May 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Thanks to a decision handed down April 20
by judge Hélène Lebel from the Superior Court of Québec, 150 union
employees from the Montréal Château Champlain Hotel will at last be
able to vote on their employer's offer.
Last December 4, the employees had to hire an attorney to present the
Superior Court with an application for order to force their union
organization to present them with their employer's offer, which their
union had refused to do for several weeks.
The union meeting will finally be held Thursday, May 4, at the Caf'Conc
hall of the Chateau Champlain hotel.
Such a decision, which is a first in Québec, could radically alter the
union culture and put an end to the systematic obstruction strategy
used by unions, including the CSN.
The tug-of-war started in September 2010, when the hotel management
informed the union committee that it was planning to proceed with a
major renovation project that involved a multi-million dollar
investment. The hotel management then informed the committee that it
wished to reopen the collective labor agreement to guarantee industrial
peace for an additional four years after the ongoing agreement, which
was scheduled to end on June 30, 2012.
October 19, 2010, the employees' general assembly requested the
negotiation committee to reopen the labor agreement.
October 27, 2010, after the employer had submitted a final offer, the
labor union told employees that they would not submit the management's
offer to the employees and that there would be no general assembly on
November 4, 2010, the union employees presented their labor union with a
petition, in conformity with their constitution and bylaws, requesting
that their employers offer be presented to them because they wished to
have the opportunity to take an objective decision.
When their labor union refused, the employees decided to take the case
before the Superior Court to uphold their rights with an application
for order, which was granted them on April 20, 2011.
The hotel management is happy that its employees will at last be
informed of the final offer submitted on October 26, 2010, and that
they will have full opportunity to make a decision. Their decision will
be crucial to the future of the hotel and its profitability.
Court decision available upon request
SOURCE Montreal Château Champlain Hotel
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