Thursday, March 27, 2014

Suncor loses another round in push to test oilsands workers for alcohol, drugs – Journal of Commerce

article at Journal of Commerce: March 26, 2014

Suncor loses another round in push to test oilsands workers for alcohol, drugs

Oilsands giant Suncor Energy has lost another battle in its attempt to randomly test thousands of union workers in northern Alberta for drugs and alcohol.

A court-ordered arbitration panel has sided with the union Unifor that represents 3,600 workers in the Fort McMurray area and which had filed a grievance against the policy.

The majority of panel members ruled there is no evidence that there is an out-of-control drinking or drug culture at Suncor.

The panel said the random testing policy is an unreasonable exercise of Suncor's management rights.

Suncor says it will ask the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench for a judicial review of the ruling.

The union says it will work with Suncor to improve workplace safety through education and prevention programs.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

United Steelworkers Local 9346 (Elkview Operations) V. Teck Coal Limited

article: Mondaq - Canada:

In this decision, a labour arbitrator refused to prohibit the implementation of a random drug and alcohol testing policy pending a decision on the merits of a grievance filed by the employees' union.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Construction firm will re-hire Canadians replaced by workers from Croatia

read full article at Calgary Herald: EDMONTON - The company that laid off 65 Canadian ironworkers from their jobs at the Kearl oilsands project earlier this week and replaced them with temporary foreign workers has reversed course.

Pacer Promec Joint Venture (PPJV) confirmed on Friday it will re-hire the Canadians who had been replaced by workers from Croatia on the project located north of Fort McMurray.

But on Friday evening, Gil McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour, said the company had not yet contacted the 65 Canadian ironworkers.
“To date, no formal offers to give the workers their job back have been made, either to the union that represents the workers or to the individual workers,” McGowan said.

Friday, January 10, 2014

How the UBCJA spends members dues money

2010 Las Vegas UBC convention with red, white and blue showgirls for the appointed delegates.

see more at Red, White and Blue in Vegas
read irate commentary at Local370voice