Monday, May 15, 2006

Hey MacNeil, I see you plagiarize, are you also trading OT for Air Miles....?

click for full media release: CEP Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada - WESTERN REGION
CEP reaches deal to work at Horizon
Union to fill hundreds of jobs on $11-billion project

For immediate release
May 11, 2006

EDMONTON – The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union has inked a collective agreement with Horizon Construction Management to help build the Horizon Oil Sands project in Northern Alberta.

“We are offering another legitimate choice for unrepresented construction workers who want to work at Horizon,” said Don MacNeil, Administrative Vice President of the CEP in Alberta. "These jobs either would have gone to the non-union sector, CLAC or they may have gone to temporary foreign workers from the US or elsewhere."

The union is the second union in the traditional labour movement to have signed a formal agreement with Horizon Construction, which is owned by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. The Alberta Ironworkers Union also signed a deal for their work last month.

MacNeil said the CEP will use its vast Alberta and Canada-wide union network to recruit construction workers to the project, which is saddled with a chronic Alberta trades shortage.

“We have direct access to workers no one has,” said MacNeil, noting that the CEP's Quebec alliances will aid in recruiting laid-off trade workers from that province suffering from an economic slowdown. CEP has recently forged a protocol service agreement with unions in Quebec that will offer employment for qualified Quebec trades workers.

McNeil said his union found the transportation conditions at Horizon appealing. The company and the union have negotiated free direct flights for workers to many locations in Alberta and Canada.


read full article: Ironworkers reach deal to work at Horizon - By Sarah O'Donnell, The Edmonton Journal
EDMONTON - Free direct flights to work and hundreds of guaranteed jobs have enticed an ironworkers union to break ranks with other building trade unions to help build a huge oilsands project.

The workers gave up on longstanding demands to be paid double time for some overtime hours in order to secure work at the $11-billion Horizon construction project.

In exchange, they will have access to direct flights from Edmonton to the Horizon site 75 kilometres north of Fort McMurray. And the deal may lead to more than 500 jobs that might have gone to non-unionized workers, said Darrell LaBoucan, business manager for Local 720 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers.

"Those jobs either would have (gone) to the non-union sector or they would have (gone) maybe to offshore people, maybe temporary foreign workers," he said.

The union is the only member of the Alberta Building Trades Council to have signed a formal agreement with Horizon Construction, which is owned by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

The trades council has historically demanded that its workers be paid double time for most overtime. The ironworkers will be paid time-and-a-half instead, most of the time.

The ironworkers also agreed to a schedule that will allow crews to work for 10 days straight, followed by four days off. Traditional schedules see tradespeople work five eight-hour days followed by two days off, or four 10-hour days followed by three off.

"It's always important for us that the workers who come to our site are committed to work," said Lynn Zeidler, vice-president of Horizon. "Having that agreement demonstrates the union's commitment to supply workers to the site."

Building trades council executive director Paul Walzack said the ironworkers' decision to sign will have a "negligible" impact on his group's ongoing fight against Horizon's terms.

"Should they see that it is to their advantage to pursue a specific piece of business, that's their option," Walzack said. "The view that the ironworkers have taken is certainly not the view of a majority of the building trades affiliates."

Alberta Federation of Labour president Gil McGowan, whose membership includes southern Alberta ironworkers, said he was disappointed and surprised by the decision.

"There's a very good reason why the majority of building trades unions have made protecting double-time their hill to die on," McGowan said.


Anonymous said...

I am a union member and I don't see the why I would stay in the union if you are giving up double time and other benefits.The nonunion sector will be getting the same wages and benefits as me and paying less in dues.

Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous. I've been a IWA (steelworkers) and 1611 member in British Columbia. Both are as useless as they come. The reps drive big fancy SUVs and Head to Vegas for the annual meetings. Paid for by the membership. Every year my monthly dues went up and work dues were takin off every check. I feel that the people running Unions today, must investigate every ave, to get cost down. It's 2008, conventions with other union brass should be done in a board room at the union office. Teleconferencing, were the ones out there sweating, respect us and drive a hybrid, stay away from Vegas and leave your cell on past 5. your are reps 24/7. Time for the free ride to end. Atleast Clac, let me keep more of MY MONEY, paid my perscriptions, Cleaned my teeth and gave me rsps at the end of the year. The most any union has ever done for me. Union brass should wake up. Its 2008 not 1940. Thanks, kaboom