Blackout During Mediation

Greetings Presidents, BAC members, Comms Officers, and Local organizers:


The CEC raised concerns with the mediator about information that was shared at a Local GMM regarding bargaining that was not directly dealing with the mediation process.  As a result of this complaint, the mediator has issued an expanded clarification of what his communications blackout entails.  


According to OPSEU/SEFPO Negotiations Supervisor, Steve Nield, "...[the mediator] understands that we may not be able to control every local but he does understand that the Team does have influence over the leadership that has been captured in your previous communications, and therefore, it needs to be made clear to them and the entire division that if they choose to breach the blackout in any way they will be risking bringing mediation to a premature end."


The order issued by the mediator is below:


 The parties and their representatives, which does not include only the members of their respective negotiating teams, cannot discuss anything relating to the ongoing negotiations, including mediation, in any form or forum whatsoever. This includes, but is not limited to, anything relating to a potential strike, strike vote, proposals, the status of the mediation or negotiations, or the potential position that might be taken by government.


The team is fully committed to adhering to the order, as we have all along, and doing whatever we can to create conditions for a successful mediation.  We are also committed to sharing information with the leadership when we are able.  For the duration of the blackout, we will adhere to the directive, and we would advise that you do the same.  


We appreciate your expressions of solidarity, and are sharing this message with you at the advice of OPSEU/SEFPO and the request of the mediator.


In solidarity,

JP, Jonathan, Katie, Michelle, Ravi, Rebecca, Shawn