December 21, 2017
To: All OPEIU Local 407 members:
Our fifth bargaining session with Bristow, seeking improvements to our existing Collective
Bargaining Agreement has concluded. Your Union and Company representatives met
Wednesday, and Thursday of this week in Lafayette, Louisiana. Due to travel delays and timing
conflicts, the parties did not meet on Tuesday.
This has been a difficult week of negotiations, indeed. The primary topic of discussion during this session was centered around your seniority rights and their application for advancement, bidding opportunities, and layoff and recall rights. Seniority is the heart and soul of any Collective Bargaining Agreement, without which a company could do as it pleases, based on the whims of management. Your negotiating committee is standing firm on protecting your seniority rights as it relates to issues most important to you. While we have offered proposals that grants full seniority rights and protections, the Company’s proposals at this point are designed to do away with seniority consideration as a factor for training opportunities, and gives them great latitude when it comes to layoff and recall rights. We are willing to compromise, but will not allow your seniority rights to be diminished or disregarded to the point where your many years of dedicated service to the Company is basically rendered meaningless, or counts for little else than when you can take your vacation.
We are now entering a difficult and critical stage of the negotiation process. Your negotiating
committee will continue to work diligently to reach an end result that the Union can recommend for your acceptance and ratification.
The parties have tentatively scheduled our next bargaining session for February 27th thru March 1st.
As always, we will keep you promptly advised with timely Union Negotiation Updates shorty after each bargaining session.
In Solidarity, and a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year,
Your OPEIU Local 407 Bargaining Team