Sunday, July 29, 2007

Alta. oilfield unions hold off on strike -- for now

article: CanWest News Service
A possible strike by 25,000 tradespeople in Alberta's oilsands is not expected until at least Monday, according to Barry Salmon of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, spokesman for the five unions currently in negotiation.On Tuesday, five oilsands construction unions voted overwhelmingly to strike in a move that could halt work at oilsands projects in Fort McMurray, Alta.

The unions -- boilermakers, plumbers and pipe fitters, electrical workers, millwrights and refrigerator mechanics -- held simultaneous ballots earlier this month, the first such votes in almost three decades.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Threat to oilsands as unions OK strike

read full article: The National Post
In an environment of high wages and a bounty of job opportunities, Gil McGowan, Alberta Federation of Labour president, said the hearty strike vote and the fact unions overcame challenging regulatory thresholds to attain the mandate proves dissatisfaction runs deep. In Monday's results, refrigerator mechanics registered the lowest support, voting 85% in favour of striking, while boilermakers gave strongest approval at 99%.

"Given the number of hurdles that have been placed in front of construction unions, the fact that they've gotten to the point of actually conducting a strike vote and getting such a decisive mandate from their members is almost miraculous," he said. "It speaks to how strongly rank and file construction workers feel, that they haven't been treated fairly."

Construction strikes are extraordinary in Alberta, as provincial legislation forbids a union from holding a strike vote on its own; votes are legal only if a majority of unions within certain categories agree to band together for a joint plebiscite.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Four unions await ruling by labour board this week

The Edmonton Journal
About 2,300 Suncor workers, members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, earlier this month accepted a new agreement that gives them a 19-per-cent raise over three years, plus a $4,000 signing bonus.

Trade union ballots sealed in Edmonton
In the meantime, the ironworkers ratified an agreement a week early and there is now debate in front of the Alberta Labour Relations Board about voter eligibility.

That’s because there’s no “jurisprudence,” or precedent, explained Barry Salmon, media liaison for the unions and an official with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

Most of the arguments concern foreign workers contracted at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL), said Salmon.

The contention allegedly surrounds a no-strike guarantee and questions whether workers hired within the last 60 days can vote.

“We’re saying, if you’re paying dues ... yes (you can vote),” said Salmon.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Carpenters collective agreements now online

The Carpenters Commercial, Institutional and Industrial long versions of the collective agreements are now posted on-line. This version can be printed off and used anytime.
Thanks alot

download the pdf:

Jan Noster
President, CMAW
cell 604.785.4904
office 604.437.0471
fax 604.437.1110

Friday, July 06, 2007

CMAW Organizer Position

contact the CMAW Hiring Committee
The Construction, Maintenance and Allied Workers Bargaining Council (a British Columbia-based independent construction union), with a growing membership of almost 6,000 members, is looking for a self-starter for the difficult and challenging position of organizer.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Boilermakers recruiting foreign workers

read article at
Frustrated over a flood of reports of new arrivals to Canada being taken advantage of, an Alberta union local has stepped in as a middleman to recruit temporary foreign workers.

It’s a move that might shock those familiar with the trade union line on the issue: Albertans should get jobs first and Canadians second.

But they’re also acutely aware that the labour shortage and temporary foreign workers are realit