5th Bargaining Session

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
George Evans
Paul Rivait
Chad Prejean

Do we have an anti-union campaign on our hands?

Recently, several negative comments on another forum have been directed at your Union leadership. Unfounded rumors, and outright lies have been spread around the workplace. For what reason you might ask? Because of control, plain and simple. Certain members of management want to gain control of this Union by placing people on the Executive Board that they feel would be more sympathetic to them and allow management to do whatever they feel is in their best interest, not yours. Giving away your PTO, reductions in pay, eliminating any type of seniority, are just for starters, and I might add are things the Company already asked the current E-board. We declined to give away your rights and benefits, but will the next Executive Board do the same?

How did this happen? Management identifies people that are out for themselves first and foremost from the membership. They are under the delusion that they are “special” and somehow more valuable to the Company. Some of these members, your co-workers, are actively working to undermine your Union. The Company will also prop some of these puppets up in “supervisory” roles giving these people the appearance of power along with a little extra cash on each paycheck. These tools then go out and criticize the Union to reduce the solidarity and making it easier for the Company to gain control of the Executive Board.

Divide and conquer is right out of any military strategist handbook as well as the union buster in the video above. The best way to fight against this tactic to to keep the members informed of what’s going on.

It’s up to you to keep the solidarity that has kept your PTO and pay intact. It is your Union, and should not to be controlled by Company connivance. This is our Union, and we need to keep this Union free from management control and influence.