Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Union calls SLCP-SELI Joint Venture’s Canada Line foreign-worker lay-offs “a set up”

read article: Journal of Commerce
The union claims the workers were given both the carrot and the stick, by being given no place to live and getting the option to go home early with pay.

“After the employer made assurances to the Tribunal to make sure they (the foreign workers) are available, they are told they must go on the night of March 3,” Blakley explained.

“The next hearing date was March 10. On top of this they were told we will pay you until March 13th even if you go home.”

The union said they believe the lay-offs and the departure of witnesses before the scheduled hearing dates affected the manner in which evidence was given before the Tribunal.

Monday, March 17, 2008

CMAW local 506 wins right to join poly party at Vancouver Shipyards

read the full CMAW release
"This is a big win for us," noted CMAW President Jan Noster. The full decision can be read at the BC Labour Relations Board's web site at http://www.lrb.bc.ca/decisions/B019$2008.pdf

Sunday, March 16, 2008

British Columbia Construction Association casts net overseas in bid for skilled workers

article: Journal of Commerce
Since the BCCA launched the EU-Step program in October 2006, Brodersen has helped to bring 130 skilled workers to B.C. and is currently working on another 20.

Most of these workers are carpenters, roofers, bricklayers, ironworkers, glaziers and electricians. About a third of these workers gain their permanent residency, under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Thursday, March 13, 2008

CMAW Owner's Manual

download the organizing brochure as a pdf
MEMBERS DRIVE THE UNION
That’s the thinking behind an “owner’s manual” for you as a member of CMAW, the Construction, Maintenance and Allied Workers Union.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Canada Line Tunnellers Axed

read full article: TheTyee.ca
Premier Gordon Campbell was on hand "to congratulate all of the workers for their hard work and dedication, and for completing this critical phase of the Canada Line without a single lost-time injury or accident."

But just after the ceremony, tunnelling subcontractor SLCP-SELI Joint Venture group told 12 workers they would receive lay off notices on Monday, and reportedly gave each a bonus payment of $20 and memorial medal. The laid off workers were all told, according to their union, that they would need to be on a plane back to Costa Rica by next week, even though more than a month of work remains disassembling the tunnel boring machine and preparing it for shipment to a new project in Russia.

"Of course we were punished for supporting the union," said Martin Serrano, a 28-year-old Costa Rican grout pump operator who was among the dozen handed pink slips.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Census shows dramatically aging Canadian workforce as labour shortages loom

read article: CTV British Columbia
Dan Kelly, Western Canadian vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, says several firms there are tolerating corporate theft rather than fire staff they cannot easily replace.

"They're so desperate to hang onto any staff they can," he said. "They can't afford to get rid of them."

Companies which spent the last three years clamouring for the best workers - or any workers - to fill jobs as the economy booms, now find some of those who pledged their loyalty to the oilsands of Fort McMurray have marched over to Vancouver for top-dollar construction jobs ahead of the 2010 Olympics.