Elk Falls Workers

Campbell River B.C.

Catalyst Meeting with Locals

Local 630 and 1123 finally met with Catalyst yesterday to hear the proposal they had for us.

Both Locals were in attendance when the Company made their presentation. We didn’t discuss the proposal with the Company, we simply told them we would go away and review it and get back to them.

Our plan was to have the executive give it a review and then talk about it at Mondays general meeting before providing any public comment. We don’t normally release any information or comments until we have had a chance to talk about it with our members and give the company our reply.

I was unpleasantly surprised that they put out a news release blaming us for the lack of discussions and accusing the locals of not working with them to cut costs. Before we even had a chance to get back to them. This is a common reoccurring theme for Catalyst, it’s always someone else’s fault.

Based on Catalyst putting out the news release and speculation that the proposal will be circulated before our general meeting, we plan to release details later today on the blog.

For anyone that’s seen the news release – don’t get your hopes up.  The offer is similar to what was offered to the PPWC at Crofton a couple of months ago – a general gutting of the contract.

September 19, 2009 - Posted by | - $80 Ton Updates


  1. Hmmm, blaming everything on someone else. Perhaps my ex had a gender change and is now the CEO.

    Comment by Aarvark | September 19, 2009 | Reply

  2. Seems to me that the only reason to gut the severance and bridging is if they want to shut us down permanently. This is the only time that this would make a difference to the Company’s bottom line.

    Comment by Tom Newman | September 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. What a load of b.s.!!! Petite Richard and Lyin Lyn and the gang of spin-doctors in Vancouver do not know the meaning of bargaining. If they did they would understand they have a collective agreement in place, that they signed in December,with no guns held to their heads! The get to the papers first with our version is just National Enquirer tabloid press (hint, that’s you Lyn) If they want an answer to their proposal, tell them to stuff it up where the sun doesn’t shine. We should let the press hear the other side of the story, about how we have tried to negotiate, how we gave them the 80 dollars a ton and how at every turn they keep changing the rules,and demands.

    Comment by jim winnig | September 19, 2009 | Reply

  4. Crofton and the PPWC are starting up under the agreement that was signed before without any less so why would you agree to work for this ridiculous offer. Tell them to call when they are ready to start up under the present collective agreement and after they pay their taxes they owe to our city.

    Comment by CEP member in good standing | September 19, 2009 | Reply

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