Accepting concessions is no guarantee you’ll ever get back what you’ve lost – employers will fight to keep you where you are.
Accepting concessions makes it more likely the employer will ask for even more.
It is important to remember that every item that is in our collective agreement is something that bargaining teams of the past have fought hard to get and that others have fought hard to protect.
We don’t have enough worker protection or worker benefits in our collective agreement to be in a position to be “giving stuff away”.
If we concession bargain, it means that we are never negotiating a better deal, we are simply negotiating a different deal!