The Syndicat des professionnelles et professionnels municipaux de Montréal (SPPMM) has recently filed a complaint against the City of Dorval with the labor law tribunal (Tribunal administratif du travail - TAT), alleging bargaining in bad faith. The complaint stems from the lack of progress in negotiations for a new collective agreement, which has been expired since December 31, 2018.
According to the SPPMM, despite their efforts to resume negotiations and initiate a mediation process, the City of Dorval has not shown a willingness to engage in meaningful discussions. Instead, the employer has reiterated their demands without having a mandate to negotiate the union's demands. The SPPMM believe this is a one-sided approach that disregards the demands of the municipal professionals and hinders the negotiation process.
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The SPPMM emphasizes that they would have preferred not to resort to legal measures but were left with no choice due to the unresponsive nature of the employer. They have made numerous compromises in an attempt to move the negotiations forward but have encountered a deadlock.
Anne Dorais, the President of SPPMM, expresses disappointment at the lack of openness displayed by the elected officials of the City of Dorval. She believes that this lack of receptiveness represents a disrespect for the professionals who contribute to the community's development. "The workers carry out important mandates for the population of Dorval and deserve better recognition and understanding."
SOURCE: SYNDICAT DES PROFESSIONNELLES ET PROFESSIONNELS MUNICIPAUX DE MONTREAL