Saturday, February 20, 2010

Labour president trying to shame Olympic sponsor

CTV British Columbia: "The BC Federation of Labour is trying to shame a major Olympics sponsor into paying its staff higher wages.

Federation President Jim Sinclair says McDonald's is paying new employees as little at $6.35 an hour under B.C.'s training wage, which is less than the province's eight dollar minimum wage.

Sinclair says McDonald's can find hundreds of millions of dollars to sponsor the Olympics but it pays less than the lowest minimum wage in Canada.

He's urging the company to honour the hard work of its employees by paying starting workers a minimum of 10 dollars an hour."

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

CMAW Loses Members on Vancouver Island

CEP Union: From the UBCJ Local 1598 website

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners
Local 1598, Victoria, British Columbia
Telephone: 250-383-8116

November 2009 Industrial Scaffold Services Ltd.

We are happy to report that the BC Regional Council of Carpenters was successful in our raid application for ISSL. ISSL was certified with Communication, Energy, Paperworkers Local 470. As a result of our organizing activities, CMAW also applied for certification to raid CEP 470 even though CMAW and CEP formed a joint bargaining council and CMAW is affiliated to the CEP. A majority of ISSL employees voted to change their representation to the BC Regional Council of Carpenters. We welcome the ISSL employees into our union.