Strikes by Other Groups
With the possibility of strike action by members of other bargaining agents becoming more likely, the Association wishes to remind its members that we are not in a legal strike position. Members must abide by the terms of our current collective agreement and report to work as scheduled.
It is in everyone’s interest that the process of picketing be peaceful and orderly. DO NOT take any actions that would risk a verbal or physical confrontation. If picket lines are blocking access to the building, call your supervisor or another designated management representative and request that they provide safe passage through the picket line. Be patient and wait. You will be paid if you report to work, even if you spend part of your work hours waiting to be escorted by management. It is management’ responsibility to ensure your safety.
While the Association is committed to protecting your rights and safety during a strike, we urge you to remain supportive of the striking co-workers. The support that you will express will encourage and may ultimately assist the strikers in resolving their outstanding issues with the Employer. For example, members can march with their colleagues during lunch time and on their coffee breaks. Please note, that you can express your support in this manner on your own time, not the employer’s.
Am I obligated to do strike work?
Under the pressures of a strike, management may ask you to perform work of an employee on strike. Unless you believe the assigned work would be a threat to your safety and security, you cannot refuse a direct order from management. OBEY NOW GRIEVE LATER. If you are confronted with this situation, contact the National Office, and a representative will assist you in this matter. It is the position of the Association, that unless the strike work is assigned as a result of a real emergency situation, you are only obligated to perform FI work, that is duties belonging to the Financial Management Group.