Dominion Diamonds

April 23, 2015 

Contract discussions to renew the current collective agreement with Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation continued on April 17, 18, and 19th. 
 
Your Union Bargaining Team worked on prioritizing the monetary demands in preparation of responding to the Employer’s expected settlement package. 
 
The Union tabled a position that the Employer’s change to point of hire, fly points and commuter allowance, to be implemented June 1, 2015, are in violation of the statutory freeze provisions under the Canada Labour Code, and further that these are terms and conditions of employment that should be negotiated at the bargaining table.  
 
The Employer disagreed with Union’s position and stated that if the union maintained this position that they were not prepared to continue bargaining, until this issue is resolved. The Union stated their preference would be to continue bargaining in hopes of getting an agreement before June 1, 2015, but the Employer stated they were not willing to continue bargaining unless the Union agreed that the statutory freeze did not apply to the changes to the Aviation Policy.   
 
Your Union bargaining team responded that changing our position would not be in the best interest of you our members, so bargaining broke off early on Sunday, April 19th. 
The Union will continue to review its legal options to enforce our members rights, however, further dates for bargaining have been maintained for May 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th.  
 
Our goal continues to focus on achieving a positive outcome and an improved collective agreement for our members at Ekati. Please watch for future announcements. Your solidarity and support of your Bargaining Team is greatly appreciated.
 

March 12, 2015 

Contract discussions to renew the current collective agreement with Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation continued on March 10th and 11th.
 
The Union Bargaining Team tabled proposals defining Site Allowance, implementing Pre-Retirement Transition Leave, and also received tentative agreement on language that puts a time limit on employees accepting a job outside of the bargaining unit.
 
The last day of negotiations focused on discussions with the Employer addressing their changes to the Aviation Policy. The Employer emphasized that it was not their intention to negotiate the Aviation Policy and that these changes were integral to Dominion Diamonds intention to meet their obligations under the Social Economic Agreement with the GNWT.
 
Your Bargaining team challenged the Employer on what the real intentions of these changes are and question the need for such a significant concession that will have a negative impact on both union and non-union employees.
 
After a prolonged discussion, the Employer reiterated their intention to implement their changes to the Aviation Policy and stated that contracts have been finalized with First Air to discontinue the charter from Edmonton to Yellowknife and provide air travel from their established fly-points to the Ekati mine site effective June 1, 2015.
 
The Union reinforced their position and maintained their proposal that the Employer continue to provide travel from all current fly points to the Ekati mine site.
 
Further dates for bargaining have been scheduled for April 17th, 18th and 19th, and May 26th, 27th and 28th.
 
Our goal continues to focus on achieving a positive outcome and an improved collective agreement for our members at Ekati. 

August 26, 2014  

Contract discussions to renew the current collective agreement with Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation began on August 7th & 8th, when your Union Bargaining Team met with the Employer for introductions and opening discussions. 

Both bargaining teams presented with opening statements and brought about items which they believed were integral, in order for discussions to move forward.

As everyone is aware, there are upcoming changes to the aviation policy occurring; with information and alterations still unknown as well as other factors, your bargaining team does not believe a successful round of negotiations could be concluded without being in a position to address some of these changes. With this in mind, and after discussion with the employer, both parties have agreed to postpone bargaining. The parties both believe they will be in a better position to address key issues and conduct a successful round on negotiations in the coming months. The teams set dates in March 2015 to resume bargaining.

Until then, all terms and conditions of the collective agreement remain in full force. The parties have also agreed to implement the Northern Allowance changes that took effect July 1, 2014 for members residing in Northern Canada The parties also agreed to increase the frequency of Joint Union  Management Consultation meetings to address issues as they arise over the coming months.
 
Your Bargaining Team believes this is the best approach to having a successful round of collective bargaining with the employer. Our goal continues to focus on achieving a positive outcome and an improved collective agreement for our members at Ekati.

August 11, 2014 

Contract discussions to renew the current collective agreement with Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation, began late last week. The Bargaining Team met with the Employer for an introductory and opening meeting Thursday August 7th and Friday August 8th.

Both bargaining teams met with opening statements and brought about items for discussion. As we anticipated, the meetings have begun with cooperation and a positive tone, which we believe is going to continue bringing about strong discussion on the issues your bargaining team feels, need to be addressed. We are looking forward to getting back to the table on August 25th, to continue discussions with the Employer. Your bargaining team has been working diligently and is well prepared. Our goal continues to focus on achieving a positive outcome and an improved collective agreement for our Members at Ekati

April 2014 - DDEC Bargaining Conference

The elected Union bargaining conference members met for a bargaining conference on April 15-16 in Edmonton, to review proposals and to elect from their numbers those who would represent the membership on the bargaining team.