Sunday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m., Canad Inn Polo Park, TYC Event Centre, 1405 St. Matthews Ave.
The situation involving carriers at the Winnipeg Free Press has escalated. The Company informed Local 191 on Nov.16 that it is exercising its options under Article 34 of the Unifor 191 Carrier Collective Agreement and is considering contracting out the newspaper/flyer distribution and delivery division of its operation.
The Company's decision followed the outcome of the Nov. 15 carrier meeting, where a large turnout of members debated a proposal to reduce on-route compensation in a bid to retain both on-routes and flyer distribtution. Carriers overwhelming rejected the proposal and that outcome was presented to the Company.
As per terms of Article 34, the Union will hold discussions with the Company to determine the future of the newspaper/flyer distrubtion and delivery division.
The Nov. 29 meeting will be the forum where carriers will be updated on any new developments and, where possible, questions answered. Carriers will also be required to elect two representatives to work alongside Union representatives in what is best described as a bargaining situation.
A subsequent planning/strategy session will occur at a time, date and location to be determined, in anticipation of a formal meeting with the Company.
— The carriers at the Winnipeg Free Press were first organized in 1997.
— Unifor 191's predecessor, CEP191, was the first union in North America to organize carriers at a newspaper and we remain the only union to represent newspaper carriers.
— Unifor 191 represents about 430 members who deliver the Free Press and assorted flyers and catalogues, six days a week, 52 weeks of the year.