Sunday, June 24, 2007

CMAW Voted................Yes

update at CMAW website
90.23% in favour of a new Constitution for CMAW.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

CEP 1123 Online

CEP 1123 Online:: "The Sky is Falling ...
Again or Still ?..."
The piece missing in this latest saga is the contribution of JVD to this mess. The official line is that they were over budget to the tune of $150,000. Since there is no bidding process and they seem to charge whatever they want with Vancouver’s blessing, that figure is rather incredible.

On a more positive note, I predict that the maintenance budget will be looking good again in October 2007, so that JVD can line up at the trough for the annual year-end gorging.

It is rather amazing that, regardless of the pounding, the doom and gloom, the lies and the finger pointing, we manage to keep showing up and doing our job in a safe, efficient and professional way. My guess is that this mill is a big part of our past, our present and our future, and we invest more than money in it

Monday, June 18, 2007

CMAW Spring 2007 Newsletter available

read more at the official CMAW website

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“Name this newsletter” contest extended!
We’ve received several suggestions for a new name for our newsletter but we’d like more! Get your suggestions in and you could win $300. Yes, we’ve increased the prize!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Yes Men pull off hoax at Go Expo Energy Conference in Calgary

full article: CBC News
A pair of anti-corporate activists may have pulled off a bizarre prank at the Go Expo Energy conference.

Footage was broadcast on a television station Thursday from an online site called showing members of a group called the Yes Men posing as key players from the U.S. oil industry.

Oil and gas industry executives had paid $50 each to hear a speech from the National Petroleum Council, a group that advises the White House on oil and gas matters.

Rumour had it that a new joint energy policy from the Canadian and American governments was coming down the pike.

At first, the speech just seemed odd.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Ontario construction workers on strike
The union accused the Construction Labour Relations Association of Ontario, the Industrial Contractors Association of Canada, the Sealant and Waterproofing Association, the Concrete Floor Contractors Association of Ontario, and the Ontario Masonry Contractors Association of being 'dysfunctional' and said 'infighting' had delayed a pay offer for a new three-year collective agreement.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Reject Mining Company’s Labour Import Plan, say Steelworkers

USW Canada
USW Western Canada Director Steve Hunt urged rejection of Dehau International Mines Inc.’s plan to bring 400 coal miners from China to operate its Gething Coal Project near Hudson’s Hope, BC.

“There are so many things wrong with this that it’s hard to know where to begin,” said Hunt. “In less than five years Canada has lost 250,000 manufacturing jobs. Can’t we train any of those workers to mine coal? There is a skilled worker shortage and, at the same time, thousands of skilled workers have lost their jobs. Workers from declining sectors should be trained to do the emerging jobs. As well, government should be working with First Nations on employment opportunities.”

Hunt said BC does have an underground coal mine, the Quinsam mine near Campbell River.

“I’m willing to ask USW members there to train underground miners.”

Monday, June 04, 2007

Piecing together the labour puzzle

Alberta Construction Magazine
“The first people in line for temporary foreign workers were the non-union construction employers. They said they couldn’t find qualified tradespeople, but what they really couldn’t find was people who would be willing to work for their sub-standard wages and working conditions. Instead of tapping into the pool of domestic unionized tradespeople, these employers are going directly to temporary foreign workers from overseas.”

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Teamsters Union Releases Shocking Video Footage of Picket Line Arrests by CP Rail Police Force

Teamsters Canada, Maintenance of Way Employees Division
The Teamsters Union is filing a civil lawsuit against CPR on behalf of its members for false arrest, false imprisonment, assault and battery and unlawful interference with charter rights. The union will also be in BC Supreme Court next week (June 7th) for an injunction application against CP Rail and CP Police, and in front of the Canada Labour Relations Board tomorrow (Friday, June 1st) to make an unfair labour practices complaint. Both actions are aimed at preventing the company from further intimidation and harassment of picketing union members.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

LIUNA accused of raiding two unions

Daily Commercial News
As 25,000 members of 12 locals in Labourers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) are set to strike Monday, the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) will convene a hearing the same day into the core of the dispute — attempts to raid 1,000 members of two other trade unions.

And while LIUNA provincial council business manager Patrick Little has called the Provincial Employer Bargaining Agency for the Labourers (PEBAL) “dysfunctional” and claiming “in fighting” within the group has triggered today’s strike deadline, two other union leaders and the Construction Labour Relations Association of Ontario (CLRAO) say there’s much more to the story.

Friday, June 01, 2007

A4 Announcement

CEP Local 592
Today Catalyst Paper informed CEP Local 592 that Port Alberni Division%u2019s #4 Paper Machine would be curtailed indefinitely. This results in the loss of a further 185 jobs at the Port Alberni site. The affect on Local 592 will be the loss of 101 jobs, 45 in operations and 56 in maintenance.

The decision by Catalyst to remove 134,000 tonnes of newsprint capacity from the market has had a devastating impact on both Local 592 and the community of Port Alberni.

CEP Local 592 will be meeting with the company to address the specific details and impacts of this announcement.