Elk Falls Workers

Campbell River B.C.

Grievance updates

Yesterday, we traveled to Nanaimo for discussions with the Company’s payroll department to ensure we had a common understanding of the recent arbitration rulings and of how they plan on implementing the awards.

1) Supplemental Vacations – As per the award, rather than carve out the period of time people were on layoff, the Company has now updated members supplemental vacation banks, crediting them for all completed years since their hire date. This means members (including those who’ve already severed) will receive their full supplemental entitlement.

2) Qualifying for Floating Holidays while on layoff – We came to an agreement that all Elk Falls members will be paid for 5 floaters for the 2009 contract year. Laid off member will not receive payment for any floaters for the 2010 contract year unless they worked hours in that year. If they did work in 2010, they will get 1 floater as a minimum and then additional floaters for every 200 hours worked (up to the maximum of 5 floaters)

3) Rate of pay for time off taken while on layoff – The company will adjust the hourly rates paid for annual vacations, banked vacations and floaters taken after May 1, 2009 from base rate to the regular rate people held before the layoff began. Supplemental vacation will be adjusted to the pre layoff rate of pay plus any wage increases that were to have come into effect before the supplemental vacations were taken.

As a result of these changes many members are owed money and the time office is going to start to calculate the exact amounts once the permanent mill closure severance payments have been processed. Unfortunately that means the adjustments won’t be completed in time to be included on members final pay.The expectation is that all adjustments calculations will be completed, and any outstanding monies owed will be paid by October 31st. Members that haven’t severed as of this week will have the funds electronically deposited as normal and for all other members the company will have to give them a cheque as they have already deleted your banking information from their system. For any members that have, or plan on relocating – Please ensure the Company has your current contact information, not only so they can send you the cheque but also so you will receive your T4 at the end of the year.

Some of you indicated that you want to see the Arbitration Awards – Here they are – Ian

Award on Severance Retro-activity
Award on Qualifying for Floaters, Supplemental, and W/I
Award on Rate of Pay while on Layoff

September 3, 2010 - Posted by | General


  1. When is the grievance money being paid since it is now November?

    Comment by Still a CEP member | November 2, 2010 | Reply

    • It is taking the Company longer to calculate the money owed than they originally anticipated – they now say all the calculations will be done and the money paid out by the end of the year. Ian

      Comment by Ian | November 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. This note talks about implementing the awards. Can we all be enlightened as to what the arbitrator said in the judgment, about these “awards”? I mean, it’s obvious we won for once, so that’s a good thing. Nice to see management got stomped, maybe we are all owed back-interest as well. If Revenue Canada does it, so can we eh?
    Yes siree it sure feels good to be a winner. I bet every one of us is real happy to have “won”.
    So long, everybody. Regards to you all.

    Comment by 428cjman | September 6, 2010 | Reply

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