Elk Falls Workers

Campbell River B.C.

Group Challenge to EI position on Holiday Pay in Advance

Joe Cizmic has been working on behalf of the Local to appeal the E/I decision that penalized people that took their holiday pay in advance. Late last week he received confirmation from Employment Insurance that they will allow a representative appeal to go forward on this issue. What this means is the union will be arguing the case of a primary appellant.  The decision rendered by the appellate board will then be binding ONLY for those people who have consented to be part of the group appeal.

For those of you unaware, the issue arose when Elk employees were told by E/I that taking holiday pay in advance wouldn’t affect their E/I benefits. Then when they took holiday pay in advance exactly the opposite happened and the holiday pay amounts were deducted off their benefits.

If this happened to you and you haven’t pursued your own personal appeal, you can sign on to this representative (group) appeal. For those members that have already filled an individual appeal and wish to join the group appeal, a withdraw form ( available from Joe Cizmic 926-0705 or at the union hall) must be filled out and faxed to E/I as soon as possible.

To be part of the group appeal, members are required to complete a representative appeal form (available from Joe Cizmic 926-0705 or at the union hall) and return it to the union hall. We will fax it as we need to keep a list of people that are part of the appeal. E/I have given us a 2 week window to collect all the forms starting yesterday.  As soon as the completed form is faxed to E/I, the agreed deduction will be held in abeyance until the resolve of the appeal.  It’s important to note, that once the union has provide E/I the list of appellants, we will not be able to add people.

Below are links to the forms you will need , you can fill them out and take them in or fax them to the union hall at 250-286-6219 and Laurie will send them to EI for you.If you know Elk workers that are out of town direct them to this blog if they are interested in appealing.

The form for catalyst withdrawal

The form for catalyst appeal

July 21, 2009 - Posted by | - Government, - Mill News


  1. Good thing I ran into Richard Mac this morning, he mentioned this site to me. Also thank Joe for the help. Pierre

    Comment by Pierre Conroy | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  2. If you want to be part of the group appeal, you need to fill out the form and get it back to the union hall by the end of next week. The form should be available to download off of the blog by the end of the day or copies are available at the union office.

    Comment by Josko | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  3. As a victim of this EI fiasco, this one mess, I really wished I wasn’t involved in. Anyhow, as a member of this group that is appealing, I’d like to thank Joe for his hard work on it. But in my case, they (EI) are already penalizing me for it: June14:$0, June28:$ 432, July 12:$ 444, they are now penalizing me 222 every week until paid up for the holidays. So, listening to my gut (BIG) feeling of being too good to be true, my holiday pay was still in the bank. Sorry, I couldn’t make the meeting last night, but had family commitments. But in closing, just want the members know what going on or maybe coming down the road with your claims. So, Dan I guess you can take my name off the list.

    Comment by Dennis Taylor | July 20, 2009 | Reply

    • I have also been penalized already and even sent a bill.I believe we can still appeal EI,s decision Dennis although we have already been affected.
      I am in Joe.Where do I sign up?

      Comment by Todd Harrison | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  4. Way to go …Good work guys!

    Comment by Todd Harrison | July 19, 2009 | Reply

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