Tuesday, January 29, 2008

What is needed to stop killing and maiming our forest workers

Article by Stephen Hunt, United Steelworkers
Big companies have to take responsibility for the fact that 'the safety infrastructure that once existed ... has eroded with the shift to contracting out;' today 'there is no coordinated safety system of prevention, inspection and supervision extending through the largest companies down to ... contractors and independent operators.'

These are all problems to which Steelworkers have alerted employers, government and the public. The auditor-general's recommendations represent an opportunity to rectify them.
We urge government and industry to adopt them immediately -- if for no other reason than that on the day before the report was released another Vancouver Island forest worker died on the job.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Toppling crane kills Canada Line worker

article: Vancouver Sun
'A guy who came to work this morning and expected to go home tonight isn't going home."

Crane operator's death highlights delays in B.C. certification program

Friday, January 18, 2008

CLAC attack

article by STUART NEATBY in The Dominion
"Few subjects inspire more ire within the Canadian labour movement than the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC)."

Thursday, January 17, 2008

40 carpenters get jobs in Canada

Jamaica Observer, Jamaica
MORE than 40 carpenters will leave the island for Canada today after gaining employment from construction companies in that North American country.

The carpenters were selected for jobs after four years of negotiation by the National Workers Union (NWU) and members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA) - a Canadian-based workers' union.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

British Columbia Labour Relations Board clears way for CMAW carpenters

Journal of Commerce
The British Columbia Labour Relations Board has ordered the Allied Hydro Council to look to CMAW for dispatch of carpenters for work on the Revelstoke 5 project. This victory is the latest in a series of skirmishes with the International Carpenters Union, which has been attempting to block CMAW local 2300 carpenters from working on the site.

The ruling, which was released Friday by Ritu N. Mahil on behalf of the board, noted that CMAW Local 2300 was the only constituent union of the Allied Hydro Council which represents carpenters.

The board had earlier decided that CMAW could replace the BC Provincial Council of Carpenters on the council.

Thursday, January 03, 2008