Members at Island (Peter Baljet) Chevrolet Have Signed Collective Agreement

On April 17th, 2015, the Collective Agreement was signed by management and the Bargaining Committee, the final step in a year long push by Partspersons, Service Advisors and Technicians, working at Island (ex-Peter Baljet) Chevrolet in Duncan, to join the Machinists Union and negotiate a First Agreement.

Group solidarity is something every union strives for when organizing workers and negotiating their first collective agreement. The IAM has that and more with the new members at Peter Baljet Chevrolet – Buick – GMC on Vancouver Island.

“This group was solid all the way through the organizing drive but they really showed their determination during negotiations for their first collective agreement,” said IAM District 250 Directing Business Representative Walter Gerlach. “They turned down the first two offers and with the last issue; they wouldn’t sign until the employer dropped his demand to pay parts personnel at a lower rate than everyone else. They really looked out for one another.”

The two year agreement provides wage increases of 3 per cent in the first year retroactive to February 15, 2015 and 2.25 per cent in the second year. Other agreement highlights include:

  • IAM Local Lodge 692 pension plan
  • Time and a half overtime paid for at home web-based training
  • The addition of Hourly Pay with Flat Rate Bonus

The 20 auto technicians, parts personnel and service advisors are members of IAM Local Lodge 456. Peter Baljet Chevrolet-Buick-GMC joins more than 25 auto dealerships represented by the IAM on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland of British Columbia.

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IAM Mourns Passing of Val Bourgeois

val_bourgeoisVal Bourgeois, the first IAM Canadian General Vice President to be elected by Canadian members, has passed away at the age of 84.

Bourgeois served two terms as Canadian General Vice President, first elected in 1985 and then again in 1989.

Bourgeois first joined the IAM with Local 594 in Moncton, New Brunswick, his hometown, in 1952 as an apprentice machinist at Canadian National Railways. He was first elected as president of his Local in 1966 and the following year was elected part-time General Chairman for the IAM Railway District in Atlantic Canada. He also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour for six years. In 1969 he was appointed to the IAM field staff as a Grand Lodge Representative, based in Montreal.

In 1981, Bourgeois was named Administrative Assistant to the then-IAM General Vice President and moved to the union’s headquarters in Ottawa.

“Val’s commitment to our members and working Canadians as a whole was second to none,” said Dave Ritchie, who succeeded Bourgeois in 1995 as Canadian General Vice President. “He was a tireless worker on the international level, establishing global standards for the transportation industry.”

Bourgeois is survived by his wife, Marguerite, and his six children and five grandchildren.


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LL692 Members’ Skill at Pro Mac Manufacturing Wins Great Agreement

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Shop Steward, Nathan Lerner

Pro Mac Manufacturing in Duncan, BC, is the largest independent Machine Shop / Fabrication Shop on Vancouver Island. Our Members undertake everything from precision machining, gear cutting and major fabrication to field repairs. The Company has a large variety of equipment including bevel gear cutters, CNC machining centres, 5 axis CNC turning centres, large boring mills and a custom built heat treating machine.

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Jenna Crooks

Traditional among the highest paid on the Vancouver Island, our Members have ratified a new Collective Agreement which maintains that distinction.

Dave Lionis

Dave Lionis

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Janelle Dodge

Wages will increase by 3%, 2.5% and 2% over the next three years plus an additional $108 will deposited into every Members Retirement Saving every month and up to $140 will be added to pay cheques each month as a bonus. Considering the low inflation climate of the economy, these are significant increases.

An increase of overtime meal allowances to $20, a subsidy of custom ear plugs and clarification of the conditions of employment for Part Time employment of retired Members round out this agreement.

Brad Howe

Brad Howe

Given the solid increases in compensation contained within the new Collective Agreement, it is no surprise the deal was accepted by an 83% margin.

Pascal Roy-Boutreau gives the deal the thumbs-up.

Pascal Roy-Boutreau gives the deal the thumbs-up.


Candace Walmsley

Candace Walmsley

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Machinists at Alliance Engineering Ratify New Three Year Agreement

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Fabricator Mark Miller, Shop Steward and Negotiation Committee Member, cleans his work area for his next project.

Machinist Union members at Alliance Engineering in Central Saanich have ratified a new three year agreement. Due to the low inflation rate, in absolute terms, the increases seems modest but when the Consumer Price Index is factored in, the increases in real terms are acceptable. Cost of Living protection was included in the third year of the Collective Agreement as though we can be fairly confident of low inflation in the first two years our crystal ball becomes foggy as we look further into the future.alliance 4 cropped sm

All structural steel business in BC face intense completion from non-union companies out of Alberta. Companies, like Hold Fast in Nanaimo, bid jobs at a loss to secure market share. They have deep pockets and often pay their tradesmen $6 less per hour than the going rate. Unionization of these companies is a priority for the Machinists Union on Vancouver Island.alliance george cropped sm

In spite of this competition, Alliance Engineering, valuing the skills of the Members, still agreed to increases and improvements.

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Collective Agreement Highlights:

  • Three year term
  • 1.5% increase in each year with inflation protection to 2.5% in the final year
  • Overtime meal allowance increased from $13 to $20
  • Field work premium increased to $1 per hour
  • Work done for industrial customers in shop now attracts field premium
  • Loss of tools provisions updated
  • Pension option added
  • Family Day added giving 13 stat holidays
  • Seniority language clarified

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A J Forsyth – Prince George – Has a New Four Year Agreement

Business Rep Dale Gentile Reports, “After two days of hard bargaining we came to an agreement which was ratified by 85% of the Membership”.

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The Highlights:

  • 4 year agreement – 2%, 2%, 2.5%, 2.5%
  • New Harassment language
  • Voluntary Overtime for Senior Employees
  • The deletion of the Tuesday to Saturday shift
  • Option to Join Machinists Union Pension Plan
  • Benefits Improvements:
    • STD. from $501.00 to a max of $750.00 (60% of regular earnings)
    • LTD. from $3500.00 per month to a max of $10,000 per month (65% of regular earnings)
    • Direct Pay Drug Card plus % paid was increased to 85% from 80%
    • Orthopedic shoes increased to 1-pair from a max $150.00 reimbursement.
    • New vision care for the entire family – $150.00 per family member plus eye exams at $75.00


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