PPWC Local 2 Editorial - Summer 06
What are they smoking?
The latest insidious trend is the new JV Driver agreement. This agreement with an outside contractor may well have a serious impact on the next set of negotiations in 2008.
What is really troubling about the agreement is that a supposedly legitimate union, helped usher in this essentially substandard agreement.
The agreement allows JVD to become the “Contractor of Choice” for all the Catalyst mills. Its gives JVD the first shot at any work the company intends to contract out. I assume that means that work that used to go through a bidding process to get the best contractor and best deal, will now simply go to JVD. And why not, since JVD with its “Pulp Mill Survival collective agreement” and it’s new employees is allowed to pay substantially less money and benefits to those employees, they should have a much lower cost structure. They are able to pay labourers almost $10 an hour less than labourers in our mill, and certainly much less than similar positions in other building trade certified contractors. They also have a clause that offers more money to their workers if they have no accidents over a certain period of time. So if you have an accident while working for them, you do not get the safety incentive bonus, and your accident may affect the pay of the other people you work with. That certainly is a big incentive to report your injury! This deal can make it harder for us to keep work in our mill as the company now has a cheaper alternative ready just outside the gate. Not only are they sitting outside and waiting for our work, they also have an onsite contact to help them plan on getting our work.
The distressing thing about this whole deal is the fact that another union helped broker this whole deal with JVD and Catalyst, a union that we used to partner with in province wide negotiations.
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