Wednesday, May 27, 2009

1999 Wildcat Strike - 10 Years After - part3

Facts For Working People: full article: "Local 713 was probably the most militant local. Members of 713 sent wildcatters to all the other bay area locals to push for a vote against the contract and resolutions for the return of our right to vote on the contract. In June Local 713 voted 85 to 6 for a One Member One Vote resolution and at a following meeting, in a standing vote, passed a motion against the contract of 182 to 5. I can still see the faces of the 5 business agents up against the wall as their votes were counted."

Monday, May 18, 2009

UFO Drops Out Of Large Craft Over The Palo Verdi Nuclear Power Plant

HBCC UFO Research, Box 1091 Houston, British Columbia, Canada
"I was one of the Electricians on the tower with 15-20 people from the Carpenters Union."

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Coastal mayors prepare for showdown with Catalyst Paper over tax bills

Company says the burden is unacceptable to industry in these tough times
read article: VANCOUVER SUN

Catalyst - still eating your lunch

article from the Times-Colonist archives: August 24, 2006

Island towns stare down Catalyst
Lefebure points out that the taxes represent only about one per cent of Catalyst's operating expenses, but they're the lifeblood of the communities that house the mills. Those communities, which have already endured sawmill closures, slowdowns in the fishing and mining industries and the loss of residents to more prosperous regions, say they just can't absorb the loss of millions in tax revenue.

Ken McRae, mayor of Port Alberni, said Catalyst just cut 60 jobs when it shut down the pulp facility in the mill there, and now is "suggesting if we don't want to lose more, we'd better do something."

Monday, May 11, 2009

100th Anniversary sticker for LU 1735 Prince Rupert

(click image for larger version)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

New union brings together Ottawa and Gatineau construction workers

CEP Media Advisory
The new construction union, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) Local 5050, will allow carpenters, interior systems trades and roofers that work in Ottawa to join a union that works in unity with their partner organizations in the Gatineau area.

'Until now, there has not been a union in Ottawa that was aligned with FTQ-Construction unions, the group that most construction workers belong to in Gatineau,' says Gaetan Menard, CEP Secretary-Treasurer. 'Gatineau area construction workers had no home in Ottawa and no organization that could guarantee that pensions and benefits earned in Ottawa would be sent back to Quebec. CEP is changing that with the formation of this new union.'

Saturday, May 02, 2009

CEP Union weblog
Following the activities of the Communication Energy and Paperworkers Union

Union Bosses Hide From Angry Membership
It seems that some brothers and sisters are not happy with what is happening at FTQ Construction. How many FTQ Construction members does CEP have? How many CMAW construction members does CEP have? How many construction members does CEP have?

Wed, 2009-04-15 14:52.
Kathy Coulombe

Internal dissension at Quebec's biggest union: About 300 demonstrators staged a protest outside the FTQ's Cremazie Boulevard office-tower over the noon hour then moved on to Anjou to the offices of "FTQ-Construction" on the Met.

The painters, glaziers, heavy machinery operators and electrians came from across the province to complain about what they see as a bad atmosphere in their union after the election of new directors last November.

The protesters wanted to talk with their union leadership, but the building was locked-down when the first busload of demonstrators pulled-up.