Elk Falls Workers

Campbell River B.C.

630/1123 Meeting

We had our joint meeting last night at the Union Hall. It was very well attended with members from both locals. Based on the clear message we received from the members we have contacted the company today and informed them that there is no appetite to entertain the offer they put forward, but that we remain committed to negotiating a fair startup agreement for Elk Falls.

June 3, 2010 - Posted by | News


  1. Psst, Psst, hey you, ya you, new guy. Look I’ve got an idea. Keep it on the low low but I think I may have a solution to your problem. Now even though Paper prices are not that good, pulp prices are way up there. Now over at Elk they have a pulp mill, yes, no kidding. You should go have a look. Now if you were to restart that pulp mill you could cash in on the high prices and then when the cycle hits a low and paper is up you can cash in there as well.
    Now I know that some of those great thinkers that you employ have figured that the best way to beat the market swings is to have everyone work for coolie wages and shut down the mills. But you could actually look like a genius here. Imagine a fully integrated Pulp & Paper mill, just think of the opportunities. I get chills down my spine just thinking about it. See the beauty of this is all those bean counters were not even born when in yesteryear such an example of forward thinking existed. You could walk into the board room with this proposal and look like the new messiah. We on the union side promise we won’t even say we told you so, scout’s honour! Aardvark

    Comment by 1123 member | June 21, 2010 | Reply

    • Then, we could get some timber rights, build a sawmill and really be a multi faceted mill able to survive all cycles in the Industry.

      Comment by Denie | June 23, 2010 | Reply

  2. Don’t “butter it up” Dan I know you’re just being diplomatic. The deal is amazingly ignorant in terms of anything that would have been considered 30 years ago for any industry?

    Most of the language on SAFETY was a tri-party agreement between Company, Union and the WCB over many years…Catalyst wants to gut that?

    Rehab and Re- Integration of Injured Workers: has been deleted… And actually I don’t see many rights left for injured workers in this? Those actions would actually be against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Rights of the Government of Canada and the Policies of WorksafeBC?

    It’s a pitiful thing that this Company thinks it can “step on the neck” of workers ignore the laws in our Country and just continue business as usual?

    Comment by Gord Zmaeff | June 3, 2010 | Reply

  3. I would like to thank our executive for the work that they have done on our behalf. I would also like to thank the other locals for the support that they are showing for our fight with these ruthless bunch. Perhaps this new CEO will be better, I don’t see how he could be worse. But then this company finds some real winners to be at the helm on their climb to the bottom. I hope our bargaining team can get a share of the bonus that garneau didn’t get, because we never gave up. I’m sure it was his agenda right from the start. Anyway it’s been a long struggle and we do deserve a little pat on the back in these trying times that continue on. If Charlie reads this, I still think we should up catalysts taxes and hire the displaced workers, we are an excellent work force and if you put it by the accountants the city and the workers would all be making more money than if they were running.

    Comment by perry | June 3, 2010 | Reply

    • Hear hear, Perry quite agree with you and would once again like to thank the executives for all their hard work in this never ending Soap Opera. Once a person said to me: “Must be nice to work for Calayst Paper.” My response: You can change the name all you want, but if you got the same ASSHOLES running the ship, nothing changes.” I just shake my head, not the way I wanted to end my career.

      Comment by Dennis | June 4, 2010 | Reply

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