Forward Look Article - March 2006 - Tim Thompson - Viewpoint - Recording Secretary, Wage Delegate. Local 592, CEP. Port Alberni, B.C.
The whole JVD preferred contractor issue is an excellent example of this. Both our regional union reps and Catalyst worked together on bringing this about, but for the most part, the individual locals (including 592) were left out of the loop. Very little information was conveyed to us until they were in our mill.
There are a great number of concerns that our maintenance crews have over this whole thing, and rightly so. But as long as we continue to be diligent over enforcing the contracting our language in the Collective Agreement then we should see no more contracting out than we have in the past. We also need to be diligent in making sure that the company follows up in auditing JVD’s work, costs, and safety to make sure they live up to the claims it makes about itself as a company.
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