Your bargaining committee reconvened with CONIFER on July 23rd in Prince George. Regrettably CONIFER representatives returned to the table unwilling to bargain.
Your bargaining committee, the company bargaining committee and Labour Board Mediator Dave Schaub met in Williams Lake on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 17th and 18th. These meetings proved to be very productive with agreement being reached on the majority of outstanding issues.
Our breach of Section 54 case at the BC Labour Board has resulted in an award for damages to Mount Polley Employees who were laid off in January and February of 2018. The Board has ruled that the Employer make whole any Employees who lost wages as a result of the company’s failure to give 60 days’ notice in advance of layoff. All Employees who were laid off or forced to bump to lower wage rate classifications within 60 days of December 29, 2017 should be paid for their losses.
On Thursday, June 21st and Friday, June 22nd, your bargaining committee traveled to Vancouver for meetings with the Company’s bargaining committee and Labour Mediator Dave Schaub.
We were hopeful that there would be a way to move forward with negotiations but, unfortunately, after two days of meeting, negotiations broke off abruptly as a result of differences in positions on the issue of use of Temporary employees doing bargaining unit work.
Bargaining resumed on July 3rd in Prince George, BC. Your USW Committee showed up with a new framework document prepared to work towards concluding an Agreement. Regrettably CONIFER was unable to engage advising us lengthy caucus time would be required prior to any meaningful response.
USW Local 1-2017 would like to remind the general public that USW members have legal picket lines set up at Bootjack Rd, Gavin Lake Rd. and the “Ditch Road”.
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Your USW Bargaining Committee reconvened with the Council on Northern Interior Forest Employment Relations (CONIFER) in Prince George, BC, on June 26th. For the first time in more than a decade, all BC USW forestry locals, representing more than 17,000 members, stood together in unity at that provincial bargaining table.
Monday June 18th was a busy day at the Bootjack FSR picket line. Our membership turned out in force to welcome President of the BC Federation of Labour (the Fed), Irene Lanzinger. Although it was not planned, it turned out the Sands Bulk Fuel truck arrived just before Irene’s presentation. Due to the very large number of people who were onsite, an escort from the minesite was requested (for safety reasons).
We would like to ask all available/able members to attend the Bootjack picket line on:
Monday, JUNE 18 at 9:00 a.m.
That’s when we will be welcoming the President of the BC Federation of Labour, Irene Lanzinger, as well as representatives from our Union Executive.
Irene Lanzinger, President of the BC Federation of Labour, will be attending the Mount Polley Mine Picket Line in support of USW Local 1-2017 miners currently involved in a lockout/strike.
As our members are no doubt aware, the unionized workforce at Mount Polley Mine continues to maintain picket lines at entry points into the minesite. Unfortunately we have had little choice in this action as the Company started the labour dispute with a lockout at 3 a.m. on the morning of May 23rd.
As most are aware the USW has successfully pattern bargained in BC for more than 60 years. USW members from sites across the southern interior and northern BC submitted resolutions to the wage and contract conference to be reviewed and democratically endorsed as bargaining proposals. After proposals are exchanged your committee meets to decide which employer appears prepared to negotiate a new agreement which will be taken to all employer groups.
At 3:00 a.m. on May 23, 2018, Mount Polley Mine locked out the members of United Steelworkers Local 1-2017. Their purpose? To impose their last offer on USW members – which includes several major concessions.
On the weekend of April 21st and 22nd the new USW Local 1-2017 held their first Annual General Meeting at The Coast Inn of the North, Prince George.
USW Members and Officers Rally in Front of the Ramada in Prince George in support of Unite Here Local 40 members, to demand a fair collective agreement.
On April 4th, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training opened a new Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) program funded under the Workforce Development Agreement.
In the Supreme Court Case with Walter Energy, the Court was petitioned to extend the stay until April 16, 2018.
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