The truth about strike votes is that no one really wants to see a strike?not APTN employees, not our viewers, not management and not the bargaining committee.
But without a clear show of backing from members, your bargaining committee may not be able to reach the best deal possible.
Your YES vote means…
The union could take strike action to back our demands if we can’t get a fair agreement any other way. It also means you are not prepared to accept wage increases below the rate of inflation for the next half decade. A YES vote is a vote in favour of bargaining.
If you vote no…
A no vote means you are prepared to accept whatever proposals management puts on the table. It is a vote of non-confidence in your bargaining committee and its efforts to get a fair deal for all of us.
What happens after the vote?
Assuming the Guild committee receives strong support from the membership, we will continue to bargain with the help of a federal conciliator.
Before, during and after the vote, management will tell you that its wage offer is fair and reasonable. It will tell you it has your interests at heart. However, we know that APTN has the money to provide real wage increases to employees that will help bring salaries closer to others working in our industry. Don’t believe you have to accept any less.
When it comes to issues at the bargaining table, you cannot believe two contradicting stories. You can choose the version of events offered by APTN or you can accept the version of your co-workers who continue to work on your behalf. We’re confident you will make the right choice.
Your bargaining committee: