Saturday, September 30, 2006

CEP Pulp and Paper Survival Agreements

Pulp and Paper Survival Agreement -  select an agreement (links go to new pages with agreements in PDF format)
Duration: January 1, 2006 - 
April 30, 2011

Collective Agreement - Alberta
JVD Mill Services Inc.
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada,
Local Union 777

Collective Agreement
Horizon Construction Management Ltd.
Communication, Energy and Paperworkers
(CEP), Local 777

Tim Thompson - Viewpoint - Post a Comment

"Forward Look Article - March" 2 Comments
The preferred contractor JVD Mill Services and the agreement with CEP local 470 CMAW, is a sellout for all mill workers, the contracting out language in the agreement allows JVD to subcontract any and all work that they choose, with anyone they choose, non-union, CLAC etc.
The JVD agreement was negotiated behind closed doors with Dave Coles selling the farm. This agreement will be the pattern bargaining that we all have to live with, all thanks to Dave Coles.This sellout agreement was negotiated with no involvement from the union and i hear the CMAW partner the BC carpenters union are pissed as well.
Who does Dave Coles think he is?" report

Main page - Operating Engineers Local 115
It is amazing how much damage has been caused in the past few years by the fight between the Carpenters' international union and provincial council. I cannot see how this has benefited anybody in the building trades either.

In another incident, the Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union Local 470 (with ties to the provincial Carpenters) signed a Pulp and Paper Survival Agreement with JVD Mill Services Inc. A brand new local signed a brand new agreement with a brand new company to do all the maintenance work which was traditionally done by building trades affiliates. Amazingly, this collective agreement, covering Catalyst's four mills on Vancouver Island and in Powell River, also prevents the Carpenters from working at these mills.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Boom Time in Alberta: "but live in a tent"

Boom Time in Alberta - Insider Media Group, Canada
As Peter Lougheed, a former premier of Alberta stated in a recent Canadian Business article “People come to the province, find a good job, but live in a tent.” It appears that there are not even enough tents to go around. Homelessness has grown considerably throughout the province. Having affected 447 in a 1992 count, 3,436 people were tallied up as homeless last spring.    

Rising labour costs are making government dollars less effective. Money spent on transportation and infrastructure is unable to keep up with citizen’s use on current facilities and requirements for new roads. Even medically, the province is unable to keep up, as a current shortage of 1,088 physicians is expected to increase to 1,541 in 2010. 

In perhaps the most ironic aspect of this situation, the oil that caused Alberta’s economic boom is now hurting the oil companies itself. Shell Canada recently announced to unhappy investors that the company’s activities in Alberta would cost 12.8 billion dollars as apposed to the 7.3 billion dollars originally estimated due to rising labour costs.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

when you take that dispatch for straight time, who's pocketing your signing bonus?

Canadian Oil Draws World-Wide Mix of Workers - by Frank Langfitt, NPR
Companies find it difficult, however, to lure capable workers to a place where temperatures can plunge to 40 below zero. They offer employee incentives, like on-site work camps with steak dinners and satellite TV. The camp at Canadian Natural Resources has a Tim Horton's, Canada's wildly popular coffee chain.

"Some of our competition are offering signing bonuses in the order of $20,000 Canadian ($18,000 U.S.) …," says Neil Camarta, a project manager at Petro-Canada. "Some companies are offering an incentive package where, if you stay a couple of years, you get a bonus then, which may be in the range of $50,000 to $100,000."

Competition to find housing in Fort McMurray is just as fierce. The influx of workers has driven the rental vacancy rate to less than 0.3 percent. Mobile homes can run as high as $300,000.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Here Comes The Judge

ORDER No. S-063934
Pat Haggarty, Len Embree, Ken Lippett, Randy Smith,
Don Pengilly, Eugenio Zanotto, Mike Lang,
John Starkey and Bill Duck

Tony Heisterkamp and Frank Nolan

Before: The Honourable Mr. Justice D.F. TYSOE
Tuesday, the 11th Day of September, 2006

THE APPLICATION of the Defendants for a mandatory Injunction coming on for hearing at Vancouver, BC, on the 11th day of September, 2006; and on hearing G.F. Culhane, counsel for the Defendants, A.D. McDonell, QC, counsel for the plaintiffs; and on reading the material filed:

1. This court Orders that the Plaintiff members of the Executive Board of the British Columbia Provincial Council of Carpenters shall comply with the Constitution of the union by holding the annual Convention of the union at a date not later than 90 days after the 25th of July, 2006, at a hotel in Vancouver subject further, to the following conditions:

2. The Plaintiff Len Embree or his nominee shall call a meeting of the Executive Board forthwith upon service of the Order in accordance with the Constitution.

3. That all parties shall have liberty to apply.

4. The Secretary of the Union, the plaintiff Pat Haggarty or his nominee shall issue the call for a Convention in accordance with the Constitution.

5. The matters to be considered and disposed of at such Convention shall include the resolutions communicated to the Executive Board by the Statements of intent of the Local trade unions set out as Exhibit C to the Affidavit of Tony Heisterkamp filed herein.

6. Cost shall be in the Cause.


Entered Sep 12 2006 Vancouver Registry

The Injunction June 22, 2006
2006 BCSC 1033 Haggarty et al v. Heisterkamp et al