Elk Falls Workers

Campbell River B.C.

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January 31, 2011 - Posted by | General


  1. “We contributed money to wage caucus for them to establish funds to pay supplemental strike pay and continue health & welfare coverage for any locals unfortunate enough to end up in a labour dispute with their employer.” Well there is only one local without a contract yet and they are still working and here we are, the contributers out of a job completely. Who would you say is the more needy of this money. It should be demanded that this money be returned under the circumstances involved as we have paid the ultimate in my books.

    Comment by Rob Sumner | April 7, 2011 | Reply

    • I have not checked the blog out lately, but I strongly agree that our contributions to the fund be returned,its clear that the remainder of the money is indeed ours.We no longer have jobs that CEP protect, and I feel that its time for the excecutive of local 1123 to do what is right and take a stand for all of us who no longer have jobs in the pulp and paper industry. We at Elk Falls took on the fight for the industry far too often, watching as other mills took lesser contracts, and now continue to work. It was far easier getting our money out of the company then it is getting it out of the Union.

      Comment by Kal | April 18, 2011 | Reply

  2. If anyone is interested.
    They will be on tour in Campbell River on april 19/2011

    Comment by Larry Lagos | April 6, 2011 | Reply

  3. So, what is new????

    Comment by Dave | March 29, 2011 | Reply

  4. I feel that if this local is not barganing in good faith, then the monies should be returned to the out of work members that could really use it.

    Comment by Tom Newman | February 27, 2011 | Reply

  5. I feel that the defense fund monies should be paid back to us. when we voted as a caucus to contribute to a defense fund we were also working. we are now not working at Elk Falls and are not members of the cep now. The other locals that are working can support the one small local that has not got the pattern. The western or national cep I feel should release the money back to us. Those members still active 1123 members would have to keep their portion in the defense fund. This is my opinion and I hope others will come forward also..best wishes to all…jim Winnig

    Comment by Jennifer | February 26, 2011 | Reply

    • If catalyst had our money for this long our executive would be screaming bloody murder

      Comment by Mike Inglin | February 28, 2011 | Reply

      • People keep mistakenly calling it “our money”. When the reality is we contributed money to wage caucus for them to establish funds to pay supplemental strike pay and continue health & welfare coverage for any locals unfortunate enough to end up in a labour dispute with their employer. Once we contributed the money to the wages caucus, it became their property. Thiers to decide when it would be used or whether it was no longer needed. There were never any guarantees that the money would be returned (in fact it was expected that it would be fully utilized and more would be required to support a group on strike). We assured people that if any of the money were returned to the Local, we would distribute it proportionately back to those that contributed. And we haven’t strayed from that position, but remember, it isn’t “our money” until it’s returned

        Comment by Ian | February 28, 2011

      • That money was contributed”in good faith” that it would be used to support our members in the event of labour dispute to attain the pattern.I would have to say that the members that worked at Elk Falls were really the ones who ended up in the ultimate labour dispute!!!!We trusted our executives to use that money in a wise and judicious manner,and if not needed to support that bargaining process,I believe that most members expected that money would be returned.Never did I expect to have to”read the fine print”. Once again,I urge the members of cep that are still working to contribute to a fund, that will enable the local to return that money to those who originally contributed it,and are now no longer involved and may not be working.After all this time has elaplsed and no strike, how can the cep continue to hold this money, on the pretense of “negotiating”.

        Comment by Mike Inglin | March 3, 2011

  6. Just curious about the money that we all set aside for the strike defense fund. Are we ever going to get the rest of it back. Even though that one local hasn’t settled,I think it has gone on long enough.(After all they are still working aren’t they?) The other locals (Who are also still working) should take up a collection and buy out our position in this fight. I am writing this to generate some discussion and welcome any comments or opinions on this matter.

    Comment by Mike Inglin | February 26, 2011 | Reply

    • Wage Caucus is scheduled to meet in mid April and they will be discussing the future of the fund,as they do every caucus. Your and other members concerns are well known.

      Comment by Dan | February 26, 2011 | Reply

      • Just wondering how the arbitration is going for those people that retired but got screwed out of their benefits.

        Comment by jeff harrison | March 1, 2011

    • Thanks for asking that question. I’m sure many 1123 members are all wondering about it but don’t want to come across in a bad light. Its a fair question. 630 handled it right away. Our members have more than sacraficed for the other locals over the years. Time to collect. Again, thanks Mike.

      Comment by Mike | February 26, 2011 | Reply

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