CEP 1123 Online: (Life is Beautiful)
What an interesting total mill down we had: the mill was once again crawling with contractors. Mostly from JVD. Being assigned to #5 PM and the TMP during that week, I saw some good examples of over manning and Cover Your A$$.
Jobs like the gear changes on the backside of #5PM, where a crew of six or seven did in 36 hours what our mill crews have done in the past with three people in 16-18 hrs. Add to that the owner’s reps, foremen, area supervisors and our own Maintenance Department staff poking their nose in there regularly to see what is happening (because they were told to!) and you end up with a very expensive way to save money.
The Survival Agreement signed a year ago was supposed to reduce the costs of contracted-out services for Catalyst. Flying 62 Millwrights from Quebec, guaranteeing them seven days wages, room and board, airfare, $500.00 bonus for a three day shut down that could by their own admission, have been done by 20 contractors hardly qualifies as a bargain.
Meanwhile, some JVD employees were sent home after less than two day’s work, that is what happens when you live in the area I guess. The mill crews were kept busy during the down, working long hours, which means that some found work could not be taken car of (we are busy, and JVD is outrageously expensive…)
By talking to the Millwrights from Quebec, I learned that the Survival Agreement is comparable to what they get at home. However, they had no idea on how the deal came about, and were interested to find out about it.
From one job to the next, JVD seems to get pricier, to the point where the maintenance of the mill is adversely affected since it is impossible to spend the same dollar twice, but this is coming from the same company that made 3.9 million in operating earnings in 2006 and waves goodbye to its CEO with $4.8 million severance, which would take from January 1st 2006 to March 9th 2007 to earn, with all of us pitching in.