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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Labour Shows Its Style At Nanaimo, Duncan and District Labour Council Picnic at Transfer Beach, Ladysmith

The annual Labour Day Picnic was held by the Nanaimo, Duncan and District Labour Council on September 3, 2013. New Democrat MLAs Lenard Krog, Bill Routley and Doug Routley and MP Jean Crowder attended, each making a few short remarks saluting the Unions gathered.

John_KiethFor the first time, the Machinists Union had a table display. Chief Shop Steward John Humphrey from Inland Kenworth (LL1857), arranged for the table to be manned. Featured was information about the IAM and our newsletter, Northwest News. Shirts were given away in a draw and the usual swag, including our excellent pencils c/w clips.

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The table was not the only contribution made by Machinists. Two members of unioNation™ came to share some of the original songs written by Machinists. Brother Brad Seefried brought two other members of his band Mine Town to perform his songs ‘Little Penguins’ and ‘I AM a Workingman’. BR Alastair Haythornthwaite performed ‘Sleeping Giant’ and a new song about the founders of our Union ‘Ride, Boomers, Ride’. Their efforts were well received.

alastair_at_Labour_day_2013Volunteers served hot dogs and fried onion to the crowd while an antique and muscle car show by ILWU rounded out the day’s attractions.

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Stan Pickthall To Become Chief of Staff for Canadian GVP, Dave Ritchie


Long time Directing Business Representative, Stan Pickthall, will take up the duties of Chief of Staff in Toronto in August.

Stan’s Address to the Members of District Lodge 250 is here.


Reo Elkin has been appointed a Business Agent until December 31.
An election will be held for a full four year term starting January 1st, 2014. Nominations will be at the October meetings of the Local Lodges and the election will be held on Saturday, November 9th, 2013.


Reo resigned as Vice President of District Lodge 250 so as to assume the duties of a Business Representative.
Bill Macpherson (r), President of Local 1857, was elected to be the new VP and Peter Varga (l) was elected to Bill’s former position as 2nd Trustee.

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Local Lodge 1857 Comes to Vancouver Island for a Special Meeting for Members

Mecedes Benz Nanaimo

Business Representative Walter Gerlach, President Bill Macpherson,
Recording Secretary Rob Kidson and Secretary-Treasurer Dave Betker


On May 3, 2013, the Executive of LL1857 and Walter Gerlach, Business Rep traveled by ferry to Nanaimo to hold a special meeting for Members of the Local Lodge on Vancouver Island. President Bill Macpherson, Secretary-Treasurer Dave Betker and Recording Secretary Rob Kidson and Walter arrived in the morning and visited both LL1857 shops in Nanaimo at lunchtime, Inland Kenworth and Berks Intertruck.


Inland Kenworth lunchroom


Berks Intertruck lunchroom

Time did not allow a trip to Pacific Chevrolet in Port Alberni this time, but the Executive hope to visit in the future. The delegation also visited the newly built Mercedes and Subaru dealerships in Nanaimo which are LL456 shops.

The meeting was held at the City owned Bowen Park Recreational Centre. Thanks to the outstanding efforts of Inland Kenworth Chief Steward John Humphrey, 15 Members for Berks and Inland Kenworth attended, a truly amazing turnout for a Friday night. Pizza was supplied and the participants had no trouble doing justice to nine large pizzas. During the food break, lively conversations were held about Unions and Politics. Really a great event!


In the meeting, the Members where brought up to date regarding Local Lodge business. The highlight of the meeting was the guest speaker, Barry Avis, NDP Provincial candidate for Parksville-Qualicum. Barry was a City Councillor in Qualicum Beach for nine years and has extensive experience directing large scale industrial facilities.  This man would be a great asset to any government. John Humphrey presented Barry with a donation of from LL1857 towards his election campaign.


Barry Avis, NDP candidate for Parksville-Qualicum

After the meeting, the Executive joined Members at a local pub for beer, discussion and to watch what turned out to be the ill-fated Canucks.


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Members at Pacific Chevrolet in Port Alberni Have New Three Year Agreement

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The store is remodelled after the name change

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Technician Horst Krupek works on a pickup truck

Jack Schut, Partsman and Shop Steward

Pacific Chevrolet (formerly Dennis Jonsson Motor Products) in Port Alberni has a signed agreement. A three year deal, there are yearly increase of 1%, 1% and 1.5%. With inflation currently around ½%, this represents a real increase in income. The Members are splitting the increase between wages and pension. They are in the IAM national pension plan.


Technician John Ryper works on another vehicle in this truck orientated community of Port Alberni


Painter Brent Maxwell makes everything shiny.


Technician Larry Hovind refurbishes the brakes on another pickup truck

Chris Norris Partsman

Partsman Chris Norris handles the customer side of the Parts business

Trade school pay was brought in line with the Supplementary Unemployment Benefits programme, allowing the topping up of wages to 95% without any EI clawback.

Family Day was added to statutory holidays bring the total to 11.

A few language adjustment round out this package. For Port Alberni, where the Pulp Mill workers agreed to a 10% rollback and the local economy is devastated, this is a solid agreement.

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