Friday, January 15, 2010

Carpenters local in Sault forced to merge with Sudbury, North Bay and Timmins

read full article at The Sault Star - Ontario, CA
Local 446 was established in 1917 and was one of the longest-serving locals in the province. But it fell "well below the standards of a viable local union as of March, 2009," stated the board.

The international's decision to merge Local 446 with Local 2486 to ensure the viability and sustainability of the enlarged local is "not only fair and reasonable, but is fully justified. . . . It is consistent with the (international's) plan to revitalize itself."

Clement is still not convinced. "Apparently the international's constitution carries far more weight than the wishes of the membership," said Clement of the board decision, Local 446's last avenue of appeal.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Construction Workers Killed on The Job

CEP Union:
"How come CEP or CEP Constructions Arm have not made a comment about what has happened to the construction workers that were killed in Ontario."

Department of Justice Press Release

Federal Bureau of Investigation - The Detroit Division:
"Joseph Roxlyn Jewett, of Las Vegas, Nevada, pleaded guilty to giving a kickback to the former leader of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters (“MRCC”), United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today. The former union boss had engineered the use of Jewett’s company as a consultant on a deal involving the construction of a casino that was funded by the Carpenters Pension Trust Fund."

Friday, January 08, 2010

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Highrise scaffolding concerns halted work for months

read full article at the Toronto Star
Provincial records show the ministry gave Metron three more orders on Dec. 17 to ensure the swing stage was finally safe for workers.
One order was to ensure that every part of the project be outfitted "to support or resist all loads and forces to which it is likely to be subjected without exceeding the allowable unit stress for each material used." Another was to "provide guardrails to work platform being used for access to swing stage near the parking garages."
Until those orders were completed, the ministry stated, "no productive work can be carried out from the swing stage."
Later on Dec. 17, a ministry inspector returned to the site for a reinspection of compliance.
"Compliance achieved, stop work order lifted," a report concluded.
On Dec. 29, five days after the accident, the ministry issued a series of future orders, including a demand for copies of all contracts related to the work site and an outline of Metron's health and safety policy, records for "fall protection training of workers" and a list of all workers on site at the time of the deaths.
Meanwhile, Dilshod Mamurov, 21, the lone survivor of the accident, remained heavily medicated in Sunnybrook Hospital and unaware on Wednesday of the deaths of his co-workers.
Mamurov suffered broken legs and a shattered spine in the fall.
He has no family in Canada and still doesn't know that a friend from Uzbekistan was killed, said Bakhtier Shakhnazarov, a member of the local Uzbek community.
Michael Yorke, president of Carpenters' Union Local 27, said he's convinced the men wouldn't have died had proper workplace protocols been observed at the Kipling site, just south of Steeles Ave. W.
"We believe that this was a preventable accident," Yorke said. "None of the workers were tied down with a lifeline."
Labour Minister Peter Fonseca wasn't available for comment on Wednesday, after Sid Ryan, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour, called for a criminal probe into the construction accident.
Ryan called on the province to stop "carnage in the workplace," noting that the Criminal Code allows for charges to be laid when there is evidence of negligence causing death or harm to workers.

Monday, January 04, 2010

more funnies from Alberta

have seen this video before, but this post has new text and is on a pension site: B.C. CMAW C.E.P. just like CLAC