Your voting questions and answers

Voting will occur on Thursday and Friday at the worksites.

Here are the details and answers to your common questions.

Why are contractors voting and when will ballots be counted?

The Ontario Labour Relations Board has just confirmed there will be a vote held at Macassa Mine on Thursday and Friday this week. Typically, ballots are counted immediately after the last polls close.

Unfortunately, Kirkland Lake Gold in their attempt to delay the process and suppress your Canadian Right to vote, has submitted the names of every single contractor currently working on the Macassa property. Of course, contractors do not have a right to vote and their ballots will be put aside. We are very confident this matter will be sorted out. It’s just another example of KLG showing their true colours. It means that the ballots might not be counted right away.

Does the YES side have a majority?

The YES side is a silent majority. Hundreds of your co-workers signed cards. We've heard privately from so many people who did not sign cards and are publicly NO but who in the secret ballot will vote YES. Do not let the company’s barriers, feeling of intimidation or threats get you down. The important thing is to stay positive. This vote is your chance to send the company a message in strong numbers. If we all remain committed to the idea of a Better KL Gold then we will see the changes that need to happen.

Voting YES means forming a union. It isn’t a strike vote. You can only go on strike if the majority of workers at KLG vote for a strike. If zero people want a strike, there is zero chance of a strike. 

Voting YES means an end to the favouritism. We hear it over and over again that people are being treated differently. Good miners who give it their all are pushed aside for friends and family.

Voting YES means an end to cuts. KLG in Canada are among the lowest paid miners and the company keeps cutting our earnings. A union contract will set in stone how much we earn for the work we do.

Voting YES will protect your years of service. Once you form your union, you don’t start negotiations at zero. The years served by each and everyone of us stands. And in a union contract your years of service will actually mean something. Right now because of favouritism years of service is sometimes being ignored. 

What are the exact date, time and locations for voting?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

5:30 AM to 8:00 AM
1350 Government Road W, Huddle Room #2 

12:45 PM to 1:30 PM
1 Macassa Lane, Mill Trailer Lunch Room 

5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
1350 Government Road W, Huddle Room #2 

9:15 PM to 10:00 PM
1 Macassa Lane, Mill Trailer Lunch Room 

Friday, November 3, 2017

5:30 AM to 8:00 AM
1350 Government Road W, Huddle Room #2 

12:45 PM to 1:30 PM
1 Macassa Lane, Mill Trailer Lunch Room 

5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
1350 Government Road W, Huddle Room #2 

9:15 PM to 10:00 PM
1 Macassa Lane, Mill Trailer Lunch Room 

How will the vote be conducted? 

The vote will be by secret ballot. The Government's Board’s Vote Officer will issue a ballot to voters. Voters will mark their ballot in secret behind a vote privacy screen, fold the ballot, and put it in the ballot box provided at the vote location. Your vote is secret and you are under no obligation to tell anyone how you voted.

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What is the ballot question? 

In your employment relations with your Employer, do you wish to be represented by the union? Yes / No

Dans vos relations de travail avec votre employeur, désirez-vous etre représenté(e) par le syndicat? Oui / Non

It will look similar to this ballot (this is a replica not the official Government ballot).

Do we need ID?

No. This is not like an election vote where you need to show ID. Just show up to the voting booth.

I have more questions, who do I talk to?

Text us your questions. Get on the list by texting KL GOLD to the phone number 32323.