Our current Collective Agreement with Serco expires on March 31, 2024. Prior to expiry, our Bargaining Committee meets with Serco's representatives and negotiates revisions, additions, and updates to things like wages, benefits, working conditions, etc. Once a deal is reached, the members are provided the details of the tentative agreement to vote whether to accept or not.
The committee is made up of five bargaining unit members, one of which is the Local President. In addition to the five members, our USW Staff Representative, will be joining us, as well as any additional resources we may require from USW (Legal, Research, etc).
Nominations for committee members has closed, and the candidates have submitted short blurbs which will be shared with the general membership on November 29, 2023. Members will also be provided with a link to register their vote. Voting will remain open until December 6, 2023 to allow members ample time to register their preferences.
. SILVANA MATIAS - CSA3, Oakville I have been working as a CSA part-time for almost four years. My fellow union members in the Oakville office nominated me because we feel part-time employees are underrepresented and need equal opportunities to thrive and become great long-term CSAs and DEs. This year, Serco introduced the new employee benefit “Bright Horizons"; however, it was only applicable for full-benefit employees. As a part-time employee with partial benefits, I was disappointed with Serco's decision, so I questioned why the differentiation. I received an email reply stating that they considered my suggestion, and that all benefit-eligible employees from Serco will have access to the “Bright Horizons” benefit. Little steps help us to make significant changes, and we can make it together. If I am elected, I will represent you for our best benefit, and we can work together to make changes at the bargaining table.. Whether full-time or part-time, everyone should be treated and acknowledged in the same way. We all work hard to be where we are today, and I hope to be the voice that provides you the benefits you all so deserve. Thank you
RYAN BAPTISTE - DE4, Huntsville I am the only nominated candidate from the North region. Though we are the same company, we operate under vastly different conditions which at times it appears the company forgets. I have prior experience bargaining with the company, and as a newly-elected municipal councillor and former Federal Party MP candidate for my riding, I have the courage to stand up for what we deserve. I also have experience on the “management” side of bargaining outside of DriveTest; sitting on multiple boards delivering management mandates for bargaining so I have a good understanding of the other side of the table. I am also a long-standing member of our Local Executive Committee. I think my experience and knowledge will serve the membership well in this round of negotiations. I am doing this for a better life for my family, and I look forward to your support to make things better for all of our families.
ED VIENNEAU - DE3, Orangeville I have been employed as a DE with the Orangeville DriveTest since 2016. I chose to become further involved and became a union steward, with a vision of making a positive difference in the day to day work lives of all of our members. On a daily basis I work closely with CSA and DE members to listen & understand the range of issues affecting members. I understand that a wide range of topics/concerns arise, with some issues affecting all union members, while others are very unique to the position held or the DTC. I strive to be both approachable and supportive in my role as steward. I bring with me a background in business education as well as negotiation training with real world experience. I believe these skills are transferable to the bargaining process, supporting me in being a strong advocate for our membership during the negotiation process. I believe the language in the current CBA is greatly improved from previous versions in terms of clarity and transparency. As a member of the bargaining committee, in addition to advocating for and negotiating on the key issues identified by the membership, I would also strongly promote continued improvement and clarity in the wording of our new agreement.
DANIELLE BARTLEY - DE3, Port Union Many of you may know me or know of me as I’ve tried to connect with our members across the province during maintenance and training. I have genuine interest in how life at DriveTest is for all our members. Having worked within other unions, and coming from a strong union family, I have always been a strong advocate for workers' rights. I took on the role of steward within 6 months of joining DriveTest. Being a seasoned DE3 for five years, a term Deputy Supervisor at the Mt. Joy off-site location, and an Acting Supervisor at Port Union, my wealth of experience uniquely positions me to advocate for the needs of our DE, CSA, and SGT members. This dual insight grants me a comprehensive understanding of organizational dynamics, enabling me to bridge the gap and find mutually beneficial solutions during negotiations. My ability to articulate concerns, negotiate fair terms, and collaborate with colleagues makes me a valuable asset in ensuring the best outcomes for fellow USW 9511 members. I am determined to push for better terms, fair compensation, enhanced benefits, and improved job security, ensuring that the collective agreement truly reflects the needs of the workforce. My commitment to advocating for a stronger and more comprehensive collective bargaining agreement is a testament to my dedication to improving the lives and working conditions of my fellow union members.
ILONA AL-KHAFAJY - DE3, Ottawa Walkley I am very young, but have a lot to look back at :) I was hired as a Bilingual CSA in July of 2007 since there was a huge shortage in that field at the time (no surprise). I was a DI before and never wanted to work in the office, but I still accepted, and that knowledge helped me all the way through to the present to better understand both parts of our business. The past 16 yrs was a hell of an experience: I worked at Ottawa Canotek, Ottawa Walkley, Etobicoke, Brampton, helped out in Winchester, Oakville, and Downsview. Right after my shadowing was completed in the spring, we went on strike in August, leaving me in the position of the strike captain at the Ottawa Canotek location. Little did I know at that time it was going to be one of the longest and most bitter strikes and public service disruptions in Ontario. Sunglasses burned onto our face at the beginning, and numb frozen feet and legs in the last couple of weeks in December. Thanks to the DIs support, we made a huge rally with real large numbers honking and rolling through the streets to the MPs office where we sat down to demand his help and apply pressure for us. We succeeded and reached a lot of our demands, and also had to drop a lot for a mutual agreement, but that's how it goes, and it made us a lot stronger. These are the key words: WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER! Never forget whatever we have nowadays, fellow members in the past had to use their endurance, sweat, and even blood to reach!
JAN WESTERMAN - DE3, Oshawa I have put my name forward to be on the negotiating committee for 2024. I am a DE3 in Oshawa. I sit on the Executive Committee as a Guard. I was also on the Negotiating Committee for the last contract. Those negotiations were trying, but these ones are going to be even more difficult. The experience gained in the last negotiations is invaluable when dealing with an employer like Serco, and it is what will push us forward in these upcoming negotiations, so I will take that experience and move forward to help us get a contract we deserve for all part-time and full-time CSAs and DEs. You cannot know where you are going, if you don’t know where you have been. Thank you for your time.
WALTER MCISAAC - DE3, Peterborough I’m a Part-time DE3 (working Full-time Hours…) in Peterborough. I’ve been employed by Serco for just over a year, having recently retired from The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). I was employed there for over 26 years, and held the position of Operator / Divisional Trainer. I was an active member of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU Local #113). I was a Divisional Shop Steward responsible for over 700 Bus Operators, dealing with Divisional Management and Superintendents on a daily basis on behalf of members. In my role within the ATU, I was also part of a Collective Bargaining Team, negotiating on behalf of our members against the difficult negotiators retained by the City of Toronto, with an Independent Arbitrator overseeing the Negotiation Process.. I would like to ask for your consideration to represent you on the Bargaining Committee. Thank You, Take Care!
KALVIR ASAHAN - DE4, Brampton I have been with the company for 15+ years starting as a CSA and currently as a DE4. I have been the health and safety rep for the last 6 years and have been involved with various issues including Covid. Having worked at a few GTA offices, I have experienced the challenges that are faced on a daily basis (abusive customers, time pressure, etc) and feel I can represent and contribute to better conditions not only for the GTA but for everyone. I have extensive knowledge of the policies through my training/shadowing of peers and feel I am in a position to negotiate on behalf of the employees for a better and stronger contract.
EMILIA MORROW - DE3, St. Catharines I've been a DE for about 10 years & I currently work out of the St. Catherines location. Some of you may have heard my name spoken within the "grapevines" throughout the company; This no doubt is because I'm not afraid to ruffle some feathers & stand up or speak out for what I believe. If elected I will stand fair yet firm for us unionized workers. It's time our voices be heard. It's time for union benefits, not corporate tactics. I have attended union meeting(s) in past & I assure you that I am not afraid nor intimidated to speak up for us members; I take & have taken issues up to all levels within USW, to all levels at Serco, to local MPP's & even to MTO directly. I assure you that if elected, I will fight to get the benefits we need & deserve. Did you know: There are over 900 members, about 60% of us are part time & we used to be able to roll our working hours into a full time position? If possible, I'd like to bring that benefit back & with your help I'd like to introduce some new benefits. Note: Some of the other nominees already hold positions that represent members. Respectfully these nominees already have a "familiar" approach with Serco, most especially with respect to union & company interrelation politics. We need bargaining members who are empowered & unafraid to step outside of the "familiar"; it's time to exit the comfort zone, reunite & reclaim our voices. Do you want more & or better benefits? If yes, then something needs to change. Don't expect to get a different result with the same pattern. If you want better; Then make a change or be the change; I'm a worker for the worker. VOTE for me.
JOHN LONGLEY - DE4, Lindsay I’m asking for your vote to be a member of the bargaining committee for this round of negotiations. I have been a very dedicated and active member of USW 9511 for more than 10 years as a steward and a member of our Executive committee. Collective bargaining is something I have done in the past with Serco and I’m very familiar with how hard it is to get a good contract. I’m not afraid to speak up and fight for what is right - we have had some success with language changes in our contract in the past, but we need a lot more, especially for part time employees; things like easier benefit eligibility and better hours of work. We also need better wages and benefits to survive in this environment of high inflation and skyrocketing prices for everything from food to gasoline. This round of bargaining will be very important as it will lead us into the next 10 year agreement with the Ministry of Transportation, especially if Serco isn’t successful in their bid to get the new contract and we end up with a new employer. Our concerns need to be addressed and I will do everything in my power to make sure the company listens, understands and makes positive changes to help us move forward. We need to have a good work/life balance along with a wage that compensates us for the hard work we do, and also gives us the ability to support our families and enjoy life.