March 9, 2017
Jerry Levine, LaborPress Canada
Ste Marie, Ontario - Picket lines may go up outside Superior Nissan, Superior Custom Detailing and Superior Used Cars on March 20th and it may not stop there.
"The employer and their legal counsel have been uncooperative in negotiations thus far," explained Ralph Martin, Grand Lodge Representative for the International Association of Machinists - IAM. "We have a 100 per cent strike mandate from our membership who are trying to bargain their first collective agreement. The economic package offered is an insult and there are serious issues concerning recognition of apprenticeships."
The IAM organized Superior Nissan in July 2016 and negotiations for a first collective agreement went well for non-monetary issues but hit a roadblock in January 2017. The IAM represents automotive workers at dealerships on Vancouver Island, the lower mainland of British Columbia, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Markham, Toronto, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.