The Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada
Box 370, 1616 Chaplin Street, Crofton, British Columbia V0R 1R0
Phone: (250) 246-9272 Fax: (250) 246-1290
May 8th, 2006
Dave Coles, Vice President
CEP Western Region
540-1199 W. Pender
Vancouver, BC V6E 2R1
Dear Brother Coles;
PPWC Local #2 Executive and Membership are absolutely in shock and awe that you and some of your supporters would stoop so low and undermine both CEP and PPWC Labour Agreements. In your quest to grow your membership you formed CEP Local #470 and signed on to a much inferior contract. The Catalyst Corp. who we work for plans on using Mill Maintenance Contractor JV Drivers (Local #470) for most of their maintenance and construction needs. Although JVD has not reached that potential yet and we hope they never do, you have set the stage. What you have in fact done, is add one more possibly very large sector of the Pulp & Paper Industry workforce with what you call a Survival Agreement. By watering down another agreement, the standards of living we have worked so hard to achieve will face tremendous pressure at our next set of negotiations.
Whether you agree or not, our opinion is that there are many other options to explore in the industry to get cost out. Erosion of our Wages and Benefits are not necessary and will not make or break this industry. Perhaps you should spend more time promoting all Unions, this is called Solidarity. You should be focusing on forest practices in BC that is where our future is. Oh yes and so much for supporting full time stable employment in the various communities that we live in.
Lloyd Kelly, President
P.P.W.C. Local #2
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