Monday, February 16, 2009

CMAW Shipbuilders 506 wins LRB decision

The UA and IBEW's claims that CMAW Local 506 is not a trade union fall on deaf ears at the LRB!!!
download the LRB decision as a pdf BCLRB No. B30/2009
Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. -and- Construction, Maintenance and Allied Workers Bargaining Council, Local Unit Number 506 of Marine & Shipbuilders (United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Marine and Shipbuilders, Local Union No. 506) -and- Local 213 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada, Local No. 170

Monday, February 09, 2009

CMAW Local #2020 letter supporting IPP and recomending BC Hydro begin approving 5,000 GWh of CPC contracts.

read full text: Syntaris Power Corporation
The Construction, Maintenance and Allied Workers Union (CMAW) Local 2020 demonstrated their support for IPP’s in a unsolicited letter directed to the Premier of BC and the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
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note: CMAW charter: January 1, 2008.
Local Unit 2020 came into existence as a result of a merger of Local 1812 Duncan (Carpenters Union charter: June 12, 1947); Local 1989 North Island (Carpenters Union charter: September 30, 1989) which had resulted from a merger of Local 1638 Courtenay and Local 1882 Campbell River; and Local 2068 Powell River (Carpenters Union charter: October 4, 1937).

Labour group wants tougher penalties

read article: Canada.com
Robert Ellis, vice president of the Policy, Investigations and Review Divisions of WorkSafe B.C., said his outfit's focus must be on preventing these tragedies.

Sinclair pointed to Encana's fine as a slap on the wrist.

On Vancouver Island, the largest penalty was imposed on Catalyst's pulp mill in Campbell River for "significant and avoidable violation of requirements to identify and assess risk of asbestos exposure, resulting in uncontrolled worker exposure to loose asbestos debris."

Catalyst was penalized $75,000.

In the mid-Island area, the highest penalty was imposed on TimberWest Forest for the Nov. 19, 2005 death of Ted Gramlich, 52, of Crofton.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Can't pay, won't pay, Catalyst tells towns

read article: Times Colonist
The municipalities could eventually take over the properties for non-payment of the taxes. Catalyst's reaction to that possibility is a shrug. It would have to borrow another $23 million to pay its coastal property taxes and gives no indication it will. The firm has come up with its own version of a fair tax bill (about a quarter of what's owing). It will submit that come July, then wait to see what happens.

Company president Richard Garneau told the provincial government last month that the company isn't bluffing. 'Municipalities may see Catalyst's position as a negotiation,' he said. 'It is not.'

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

B.C. union asks federal government to halt use of Expedited Labour Market Opinion

read full article: Journal of Commerce
The Expedited Labour Market Opinion (ELMO) is a pilot project launched by the federal government in September 2007, under the TFW program.

The project allows eligible employers in B.C. and Alberta to follow shorter, simpler and less costly advertising requirements to fill empty jobs with temporary foreign workers.

Initially, the ELMO aimed to fast track the entry of foreign workers in 12 high demand occupations. Only two of these occupations, carpenters and crane operators, were in the construction industry.

In January 2008, HRDC announced changes to the program, which expanded the number of construction occupations to 12.