Statement of ATU Local 615 President Jim Yakubowski Regarding Recent Labour Comments on the Mayor’s Election
“ATU 615 expresses concern that Don Atchison and the majority of Council support taking supervisory positions out of all of our civic unions, even though these positions have been a part of our respective collective bargaining agreements for many years, without issue. The city administration has made it clear that they want to water down strong collective bargaining agreement language on promotion seniority clauses. If our respective locals do not agree to accepting the city’s proposed language, the administration will identify and initiate attempts to have many positions taken out of our locals.
It would appear clear to me for a labour union to support either Mayor Don Atchison or city councillor Charlie Clark would be to endorse the city removing these positions from our locals. That is why my members unanimously voted no confidence in Mayor Atchison at yesterday’s union meetings. I, for one, have witnessed many bullying tactics at the bargaining table and directly at my members and will never support candidates that attack our members. I can only hope other union members and leaders agree with my statements.”