Thursday, February 28, 2008

Is this trigger happy dude the same Elroy Karius who is a Local 1370 CAST contractor?

"Neighbours furious over cow shooting" - Kelowna Daily Courier
What sounds like an old wild-west range war heated up in Joe Rich Saturday with one rancher shooting a heifer in what the other rancher calls “one of the most despicable acts of animal cruelty I‘ve ever seen.”

The rancher doing the shooting is Elroy Karius.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Catalyst Paper Port Alberni deal not sitting well with CEP

Vancouver Sun
The locals agreed to the workplace changes in exchange for Catalyst restarting an idled paper machine and investing $12 million in upgrading a groundwood pulp machine. The alternative was that the 185 workers would be out of work permanently.

About 100 will return when the mill starts up May 1.

Boucher said the company had begun taking measurements to have the machine removed when the workers voted, putting undue pressure on them to accept terms demanded by Catalyst.

'The pulp and paper locals, the rest of them in B.C., have told these two locals to stay out of caucus,' Boucher said. 'We consider that they broke away in doing this deal.'

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Douglas J. McCarron relationship map
so you click on Council of Competitiveness>Charles M. Vest>In-Q-Tel>Central Intelligence Agency...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Deal with Catalyst splits union

read full article by Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun
The contentious issue that split the union at Port Alberni is shifting. Workers have agreed to a fifth shift that will cut overtime significantly and limit when they can take vacations.

Boucher said it could take, for example, seven years before a worker got Christmas off under the new agreement.

Sunday, February 03, 2008