Mobilization is the new buzz word at CAPE
CAPE's mobilization activities are reaching a level of intensity never seen before in the history of the organization. CAPE’s Mobilization Action Plan (MAP) was adopted on September 24th 2014. The MAP contains joint-union mobilization activities and the development of tools to help members take workplace actions. The MAP also calls for the development of strategic processes and protocols for a strike vote if required, as determined by CAPE’s Mobilization Job Action Committee.
This new level of mobilization has become necessary because of the federal government's Economic Action Plan Act, No 2. This new law has shifted the power of bargaining totally onto the employer's side. The austerity measures contained in the Economic Action Plan also threaten the core benefits CAPE members currently enjoy, such as the sick leave provisions, and remove the right of bargaining agents to opt for arbitration.
CAPE appointed Claude Archambault for a 6 month assignment as Mobilization Officer starting September 1st, 2014. to implement the Mobilization Action Plan and to coordinate the activities.
Some of the activities have already taken place. The new mobilization training session was offered to CAPE representatives on September 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th 2014. For the English session held on September 9th and 10th, 10 participants attended in person, and 9 participated on-line. The French session was held on September 16th and 17th. Six participants attended in person and 9 participated on-line in remote locations by connecting to the Teamviewer software which allowed the participants to view the PowerPoint presentation in real time.
The purpose of the mobilization training was to provide CAPE representatives with an overview of the principles of mobilization, to inform them of the importance of mobilizing the membership, and to teach them how to organize and mobilize support of the membership at the Local level during the collective bargaining process.
The training session provided an excellent forum for discussion about collective bargaining and future mobilization activities. The comments CAPE received from the participants were overall positive and constructive. Among other things, participants recommended inviting CAPE Communication personnel and members of the collective bargaining team for future training. Participants also appreciated the opportunity to present their own views regarding mobilization.
CAPE is also planning information sessions on the current state of negotiations for the Locals in the NCR, as well as information sessions by teleconference for the Locals in the Regions later in this fall.
The use of the Teamviewer software for the mobilization training sessions was a first for CAPE, and while on-line participants experienced no technical problems with the use of Teamviewer during the training sessions, they experienced audio problems with the headsets. On-line participants were able to listen to the training session by connecting with CAPE’s audio system with their hands free telephone. CAPE will look into this technical situation with a view to resolving the audio technical problems for future Teamviewer training sessions.