Day Of Mourning Events BC 2015

day of mouring logo and titleApril 26 11:00 am
Squamish and District Labour Committee
Worker’s Memorial Monument
Pavilion Park
Downtown Squamish Squamish

April 28 7:30 am
CUPE 402;
City of Surrey;
WCB City of Surrey Works Yard
6645 148 St Surrey

April 28 10:00 am
Pulp Paper Woodworkers Canada Local 18 Memorial Rock
#1 Mackenzie Blvd Mackenzie

April 28 10:30 am
United Steelworkers
USW Local 1-85 Hall
4904 Montrose St Port Alberni

April 28 10:30 am
BCFED; WCB
New Vancouver Convention Centre
1055 Canada Place Vancouver

April 28 10:30 am
South Cariboo Area Council; United Steelworkers
Local 1-424
City Hall
(next to Cenotaph)
450 Mart St Williams Lake

April 28 11:00 Sunshine Coast Labour Council
Dougal Park
Gower Road Gibsons

April 28 11:00 am
Victoria Labour Council; CUPE 2081
Camosun College – Landsdowne Campus
(Main entrance near Foul Bay Road) Victoria

April 28 12:00 noon
BCGEU
City Hall
(March to Workers’ Memorial at Centennial Park) Fort St. John

April 28 12:00 noon
North Okanagan Labour Council; BCGEU, WCB
Ben Lee Park
(at Franklin and Houghton, near the water park) Kelowna

April 28 12:00 noon
West Kootenay Labour Council
Lakeside Park at the Tyler Memorial Field House Nelson

April 28 12:00 noon
North Central Labour Council; WCB
Workers’ Memorial Statue (Patricia Boulevard and Queensway Street)
Prince George

April 28 12:00 noon
United Steelworkers
Centennial Square Sparwood

April 28 12:00 noon
UFAWU-Unifor; BC Fish Harvesters’ Association
Garry Point Park
7th Ave Steveston

April 28 1:00 pm
Nanaimo, Duncan & District Labour Council
Pioneer Waterfront Plaza,
Front Street Nanaimo
April 28 4:00 pm
United Steelworkers
Local 480 Workers’ Monument across from the Trail Memorial Centre
Trail

April 28 5:00 pm
BCFED; New Westminster and Vancouver and District Labour Councils
Art Gallery Lower Mainland
April 28 5:00 pm
QDTA and BCGEU
Area 6 Cross Component Commitee
Corner of Doherty and Anderson Drive
West Village Quesnel

April 28 6:00 pm
BCGEU
Kinsmen Park Castlegar

April 28 6:00 pm
Kamloops & District Labour Council; WCB
St. Andrew’s Church
159 Seymour Street Kamloops

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Political Attacks on Labour Continue Unabated

The Federal Government is currently sponsoring a group of anti-union legislation under the guise of Private Member’s Bills.

FIGHT_OF_OUR_LIVES_LOGOC-525 would eliminate ‘card check’ for organizing workplaces under the Canada Labour Code. ‘Card Check’ grants Union Certification if 50%+1 of the prospective Members sign an application. This will allow employers to bribe or intimidate employees during the run-up to a vote.

C-4 would weaken an employee’s right to refuse unsafe work. Only imminent danger would be grounds for refusing work. The Federal Bargaining Agents (Unions) of the National Joint Council sum it up this way:

Bill C-4 undermines the right to collective bargaining, eliminates important human rights protections, and will make every federal workplace less safe for its workers and the Canadians they serve. The Bill was drafted with no consultation with public sector bargaining agents and eliminates labour rights gained over the last fifty years, and severely undermines the ability of federal employees to negotiate on a fair playing field. The Bill gives the federal government’s Treasury Board the unfettered right to determine what constitutes an essential service, which workers are denied the right to strike, and which collective agreements will be decided through arbitration.  The Bill also changes arbitration by limiting the independence of arbitration boards. Bill C-4 gives the Minister of Labour the authority to throw out any unsafe work refusal complaint without investigation, leaving employees who refuse unsafe work open to discipline, including dismissal. If the Minister chooses, an investigation can be undertaken in secret. The impact of these changes to health and safety protection will reach far beyond the federal public service to the 1.2 million private and public sector workers covered by the Canada Labour Code.

C-377 would put onerous reporting obligations on Union, where every expenditure greater than $5,000 would have to be reported and made public. Though this information is already available to Union Members, under this Bill, Union would have to undertake the costly and time consuming task of documenting and reporting everything from pension payments to office supply purchases. This Bill was rejected by the Senate for unfairly targeting Unions while leaving corporations untouched but has been reintroduced this session by the Federal Government.

Some provincial politicians dream of emulating the worst of American Labour law.

Right to Work for Less has been a fact of life in some of the poorest US states, such as Alabama and Louisiana since the 1960s. In the last few years, some of the Rust Belt states, such as Michigan and Indiana have introduced the policy. Under Right to Work for Less, employees are not required to join a union or pay dues in a unionized workplace. Further, the Union is obligated to represent the, though they neither belong to the Union nor pay dues. This strengthens the hand of the employer leading to lower wages and benefits state wide. For those who pay dues, payroll check off is illegal and the Union has to collect the dues form each member individually. Total dues are approximately 30% less and the collecting of dues becomes an expensive proposition. Some politician, especially Tom Hudak, leader of the Conservatives in Ontario, have been especially vocal in proposing this vile medicine for Ontario as unscrupulous employers have moved from Ontario to right to work for less states.

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Members at Berk’s Intertruck (Nanaimo) Accept Agreement With Improved Health and Welfare Provisions.

Berk’s Intertruck in Nanaimo is always bustling, keeping two shift of mechanics busy repairing trucks, trailers, buses and motorhomes. The Members have OK’d a new three year agreement which emphasised improvements to the Health and Welfare coverage.berks2

The wage increases were modest at one percent a year over the three year term with Employer retirement saving contribution increasing to $225 a month in 2014 and $250 in 2015. mechanics holding a Class 1 drivers license receive an extra $0.50 per hour. Shift premiums increase to $1.00 per hour for afternoon shift and $1.25 on graveyards. family Day was added to the Statutory Holidays. Mileage for use of personal vehicle for Company business was increased to the Revenue Canada standard of $0.54 per kilometre. Parts Persons now receive $90 per week to carry a Company phone for after hours service.

This agreement also improved other benefits. Long term disability is introduced for the first time, an essential coverage for mechanics. Short term disability increases to the EI max + $100. Major dental work is now covered 75%. Vision care saw an overhaul. Not only do members and their dependant now receive $300 every two years towards glasses but the Members’ safety glasses will be covered under the OVP discount plan that supplies single vision glasses for a mere $150 and progressives for $275 to the tune of $200 every two years. The boot allowance increase by $50 to $150 per year.

Rounding out the agreement is a Trades Retention provision of a $1,000 tool grant for Apprentices who stay one year after earning their ticket.berks1

The Agreement gives balanced improvements to a range of areas and keeps the Company competitive and the Members busy going forward.

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