Day of Mourning Cerimonies Held Across British Columbia

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Here is a gallery of the events. If you have more photos, please forward them to ahaythornthwaite@iam250.org for inclusion on this page and in our Newsletter, The Northwest News.

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Global Health Care

The fourth video from the Communication Dept. of the Machinists Union, produced for the 2012 Grand Lodge Convention.

Focusing on Health Care in the Developing World, the video shows how low cost solutions have removed plagues such as the Guinea Worm parasite. Through providing water filter and education, infestations have fallen 99%.

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Solidarity Pays Off For Inland Kenworth (Nanaimo) Machinists

Commercial Transport Mechanic Apprentice Collin Dorset started as a lubeman

 

 

At Contract negotiations both side have their needs, wants and issues. Part of the Bargaining Process is the winnowing through competing lists of proposals to find out what really matters to each party.

Machinists at Inland Kenworth (Nanaimo) were faced with a challenge after the first round of bargaining. The money was adequete, given the economy, and specific issues such as carrying the company phone had been resolved but the employer was wed to three items which appeared to be Must Haves.

Collin Cardin mans the Parts Counter

After the first Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was rejected, a rotating layoff proposal was withdrawn at the second round. But proposals restricting the by-seniority scheduling of vacation on the calendar to full weeks (though a senoir emplyee was excluded so he could attend his daughters BMX National meets) and a proposal to allow voluntary scheduling of December statutory holidays still remained.

Steve Portlock and Wade Donkersley access technical specs

The 2nd MOA was turned down when voting split 50-50. It appeared the Union bargaining was running out of gas. The company refused to budge and so a strike vote was held. If that strike vote had failed the matter would have end there and the Union signed the last MOA.  But instead, it made all the difference.

The Members talked amongst themselves and made sure the Bargaining Team had a solid mandate to continue, voting 90% in favour of strike action. Suddenly, the company reversed its earlier position and withdrew all the contentious proposals.

The MOA was quickly ratified, showing how solidarity is the most effective arrow in the Union quiver. The workers in Nanimo were the last of Inland Kenworth’s Union branches to settle a new agreement. Building on the other units settlements, the Nanaimo machinists received:

  •  2% – 2% – 2% with COLA protection to 3% in the last year
  • an increase to $2,000 for the yearly dental allowances
  • $100 per week for carrying the company phone
  • $3 per hour for field work
  • a $1 increase for equipment mechanics
  • further wage increases through certification premiums for
    • Motor Vehicle Inspection tickets                $0.75/hr
    • Class 1 or 3 driving license                           $0.50/hr
    • Caterpillar Engine cert                                 $0.25/hr
    • MX engine cert                                              $0.25/hr
    • Cummins engine cert                                    $0.25/hr
    • Eaton Transmission cert                              $0.25/hr
  • increased First Aid Ticket premium of up to $1 per hour
  • 6 weeks vacation after 30 years
  • a joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee to oversee all ungrading and apprentices
  • a new classification for Resident Mechanic
  • Members to vote to join Machinists Pension Plan or remain with the employer Retirement Savings Plan

Taken all together, and considering the general economy, not a bad day’s work!

Chief Shop Steward and Bargaining Committee Member John Humphrey takes satisfaction in the Collective Agreement solidarity won

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Day of Mourning 2011

Day of Mourning 2011

Times and locations for Day of Mourning events in British Columbia.
Please confirm location and time with sponsoring organization.
CityTimeLocationSponsoring Organization
Fort St. John12:00pmCity Hall to Centennial ParkPeace River District L C
Kamloops5:30pmSt. Andrews SquareKamloops District L C
Kelowna12:30pmBen Lee ParkNorth Okanagan L C
Lake Cowichan10:00amtbaNanaimo Duncan L C
Mackenzie10:00amRCMP detachment to Memorial Flagtba
Nanaimo1:30pmtbaNanaimo Duncan L C
Nelson12:00pmTyler Memorial Field House in Lakeside ParkPrince George L C
Parksville4:30pmtbaNanaimo Duncan L C
Quesnel5:30pmMonument at firehallQuesnel L C
Richmond12:00pmNet Needle Memorial at Garry Point StevestonUFAWU & CAW
Terrace11:00amRCMP detachment to Paul Clarke DriveKitimat Terrace LC
Trail4:00amUnion Hall to Workers' Monumenttba
Vancouver10:30amHastings ParkBC Fed
Victoria8:00amCentennial SquareVictoria L C
Williams Lake11:00amCity Hall CenotaphSouth Cariboo L C

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