Friday, April 25, 2008

Lights Out, McCarron

YouTube Local 513 Welcomes the International Prez

Painters union votes not to join carpenters

A New Jersey unit of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades has voted not to jump ship and seek representation with another union, the National Labor Relations Board announced Thursday.

The unit - belonging to District Council 711 in Egg Harbor Township - is made up of about 580 members working in the drywall finishing trade. They had the choice to join the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, which has headquarters in Washington, D.C., and has several locals throughout New Jersey.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Workplace fatalities still increasing

from the Canadian Labour Congress
On April 28, 2008, we mark the 24th anniversary of the National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job. The National Day of Mourning is an initiative of the Canadian Labour Congress and was started in 1984. It is now celebrated around the world from Azerbaijan to Zambia.

Unfortunately, workplace fatalities continue to grow in Canada. In fact, Canada continues to have one of the highest workplace fatality rates of any OECD country and it is simply unacceptable. In 2006, the Association of Worker's Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) reported 976 workplace fatalities in Canada compared to 805 workplace fatalities in 1996 — an 18 percent increase in a ten-year period.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Day of Mourning • April 28
This year, the Day of Mourning ceremony will be held on Monday, April 28, 10 a.m., at the Workers' Memorial in Vancouver's Hastings Park. Families, workers, employers, and other interested parties are invited to attend.
Invitation to the Day of Mourning ceremony (PDF 626kb)
Map to Workers' Memorial in Hastings Park (PDF 477kb)
2008 Day of Mourning poster (PDF 2.69mb)
Toolbox meeting guide (PDF 212kb)
Day of Mourning ceremonies around the province (PDF 35kb)

Workers Memorial Day April 28

Day of Mourning posters by d@ve2300

8 Boot Hill captions - #0 is blank - add your own text - each in small and large size

click for poster index

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Slaughter on the job our silent shame

article: Calgary Herald
More surprising, though, is the number of older workers killed in accidents -- and I really do mean older.

In September 2007, a government report says, "an 80-year-old shop hand was fatally injured. The worker (working by himself) was wiring a light box from a ladder, when he fell and struck his head on the concrete floor."

In January, "a 68-year-old male worker, employed as a logger, was crushed between a feller buncher and a transport trailer as the buncher was being unloaded from the trailer."

And in March, "A 67-year-old driver was securing load straps when one of the straps became trapped and stuck on top of the load.

"The worker climbed onto the load. He was found later by another worker on the ground beside the vehicle, unconscious."

Age could have been a figure in all these cases; those are tough jobs for older men. But one has to admire a shop hand of 80 who goes up a ladder, or a 68-year-old working as a logger.
Alberta on-job deaths up 24% - Calgary Herald
Poor training of new workers blamed for rise

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Carpenter union secures big raise

Bozeman Montana Local News
A trade union that represents more than 100 carpenters in this part of the state has ratified a contract that will bring an additional $4 an hour to members in wages and benefits over the next three years.

The contract represents the most substantial increases in wages and benefits seen by the union in 12 years, union representative Mary Alice McMurray said. It was secured by two locals of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and will be recognized by a handful of contractors in Helena, Bozeman and surrounding areas

Beginning in May, union members’ wages will rise from $16.70 to $18 an hour. By May 2010, members of the carpenter union will be earning $20.50 an hour, McMurray said.

Monday, April 14, 2008

History of worker safety on display

read full article: Victoria Times Colonist
Last year there were six young workers killed on the job, a drop from the 12 deaths reported in both 2005 and 2006.

The construction sector had the most fatalities last year with 24.

The transportation sector reported 17.

The Steelworkers hall, 351 Brae Rd. in Duncan, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. April 28 with a Day of Mourning ceremony set for 11 a.m.

CLC/CTC Day of Mourning Statement 2008

Thursday, April 03, 2008

LRB to CHC-AHC: "give it up Bucko"

BCLRB No. B39/2008 (leave for Reconsideration of BCLRB No. B276/2007)

7 Although AHC's application for leave and reconsideration makes a bare assertion that the original Decision is contrary to principles of natural justice and values expressed in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, it fails to provide any submissions in regard to those two assertions. In our view, therefore, it cannot be said that either of those issues are properly raised in AHC's application.

8 AHC's application raises inconsistency with Code principles as its ground for review, and provides submissions in that regard. However, for the reasons given, we find those submissions, and the supporting submissions of CHC, do not raise a serious question as to the correctness of the Original Decision. Accordingly, leave is denied and the application is dismissed.





Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Go clean, green and cheap to power B.C.

letter: Vancouver Sun March 31
"Not only did B.C. have the best collection of hydroelectric dam building engineers in the world, we also had a building trades workforce skilled in the building of these dams; after Portage Mountain, Site One, Mica, Revelstoke, Seven Mile, High Arrow and Duncan, they could have built Site C with their eyes closed."

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Laborers rejoin AFL-CIO building trades

read full article: Las Vegas Business Press
Yet the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters -- arguably Las Vegas' largest, most influential construction union -- remains unaffiliated both locally and nationally. The Carpenters represent about 9,700 craftsmen in Southern Nevada. The International Union of Operating Engineers, meanwhile, left the BCTD two years ago, but still remain a part of the Southern Nevada Building and Construction Trades Council.

The Laborers, Locals 872 and 702, represent about 6,200 craftsmen in the Las Vegas Valley. The union performed about 5.5 million man-hours of work last year. Its members are now involved on such projects as the $240 million Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, the $890 million Las Vegas Convention Center remodeling and the recently awarded $447 million Lake Mead Raw Water Intake No. 3. Laborers perform everything from underground, conduit, tunneling, and mining to concrete, demolition, landscaping, and dust control.
OSHA goes easy - After meeting with employer only, it often reverses findings, cuts fines - Las Vegas Sun