Drum roll please, brbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbr, ding!!!! There are no minutes. How is that possible you ask?
There was no meeting, so hence no minutes, and all motions that required a vote were determined by whatever the Union Executive decided.
I heard there were two people at the morning meeting, and there were about 10 at the evening meeting, so no quorum, again.
Another thing I noticed that is unfair for the evening meeting members is that anybody who attends the morning meeting will get credit for attending, even if they arrive late, as long as they sign in and the executive allows them to do so, and I’ve never seen the executive not allow anyone to sign in, unless you go to the evening meeting, then they will stop anyone from signing in after the start of the meeting if no quorum is reached, if there is enough people for a quorum, then late comers can arrive and sign in, I’ve seen it many times.
Thats blatantly unfair, the morning members get a perk the evening members are denied, the chance to arrive late and get meeting credits that night meeting attendees are denied. And some members can’t help but arrive late due to shifts, finish times, etc. The Union needs to do more to accomadate our shift times and the difficult to attend location.
On the plus side, due to bylaw changes over the past couple of years, at least we got to hear about what was discussed at the morning meeting, some members are taking the Union to the Labour Board for non-representation or other complaints.
To check out the Labour Boards decisions over the previous years, it doesn’t look good for someone trying to make a claim, the odds seem stacked against a person who isn’t intimitely familiar with labour law and making claims in a timely manner or without “undue delay“, many of the claims put forward are dismissed based on undue delay.
So while you are being strung along, you have no idea your time is running out, very sneaky of the businesses and the unions involved to know this and in some cases I read they appear to have used it to their advantage. 6 months is considered extreme undue delay, even less will get your case dismissed. Another thing I found strange, if the Union gets a legal decision from their lawyer that it is unlikely that they will win a grievance, that counts as justification in refusing to represent, the following paragraph is a link to the case file : ?”This Board has previously determined that bargaining agents are entitled to rely upon legal opinions in determining whether or not to proceed with a grievance to arbitration [see for example, Re Maintenance Trades (2006), 120 C.L.R.B.R. (2d) 83].? The Union?s decision not to refer the Applicant?s dismissal grievance to arbitration is buttressed by the written legal opinion provided by its counsel.? Reliance upon legal advice has long been characterized as a potent defence to duty of fair representation claims under section 20 of the Act..”
In these cases,1,2,3, the petitioners were denied because the company they thought they worked for wasn’t the real company, so they were denied their award based on a technicality.
You really need to be a lawyer or get one to be able to defend yourself and thats no guarantee, good luck and hope you never end up? in any of these situations.