Technological change in today’s workplace is never-ending and relentless. Since the first technological change provisions were negotiated in 1975, the UTE has continually lobbied the employer both to give greater notice of planned technological change and to provide appropriate employee training.
The Committee meets on a regular basis at the national level with senior managers to discuss the implementation of new technology or changes to existing technology. This committee also deals with problems that members identify as having been created as a result of technological change.
The committee strives to ensure that the employer realizes the human aspect of technological change in the workplace and how some of these changes affect the members. The committee also continues to enlighten the employer on the rights of employees affected by a technological situation that are beyond the technological change articles of the collective agreement.