Court Reporters Campaign: Postcard campaign aimed at Chris Bentley: Union-Busting is Disgusting
Court reporters are understandably frustrated with MAG’s
refusal to comply with the Hunt decision of July, 2006, that found “the
preparation and certification of transcripts is the bargaining unit work of
the Court Reporters”.
It’s time for Attorney General Chris Bentley to hear from
you (again). Postcards and stickers have been mailed out to locals with the
request that stewards please distribute them to court reporters and other
court staff. We ask that stewards collect all signed postcards
and drop them
off the nearest OPSEU regional office by Friday, May 6. Pls post any extra
cards on union bulletin boards. We want these postcards to be visible in the
courthouse! Please wear the stickers when not in court.
Here’s what the postcard says:
Dear Minister Bentley,
You are in charge of upholding the laws of Ontario. And yet for the past
five years, your ministry has refused to comply with the Hunt decision
affecting hundreds of court reporters. The arbitrator ruled that “the
preparation and certification of transcripts is the bargaining unit work
of the Court Reporters”.
You and your ministry have flouted this decision. You have shown
contempt for the hard-working professionals who are responsible for
maintaining the integrity of the court record.
Union-busting is a wide range of tactics used by employers to prevent
the formation or expansion of trade unions. By refusing to comply with
the Hunt decision, you are engaging in union-busting.
Desist immediately and direct your senior staff to work with the union
to make the collective agreement apply to transcript work.