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SIAST employees shocked by 'illegal' interference E-mail by Dr. Robert McCulloch criticized by SGEU and SIAST employees for meddling improperly with the collective bargaining process.
Regina (26 Jan. 2011) - Employees at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) are expressing shock at an apparent deliberate management effort to sabotage contract negotiations.
Talks broke down last week after SIAST president Dr. Robert McCulloch attempted to coerce members into accepting a contract offer that was not in their best interests. In fact, the offer contained less than SIAST had previously put on the table during the protracted and difficult negotiations - which have been heavily influenced from behind the scenes by the Brad Wall government.
The SIAST president sent an e-mail to employees on Jan. 21, following the breakdown of mediation two days earlier.
The message said retroactive pay increases would be denied to SGEU members as of Feb. 19 if they had not ratified a collective agreement by that time.
According to my friends in the Labour movement, this is becoming the Wall Way.
Never retreat, never explain, never apologize--get the thing done and let them howl. -- Nellie McClung