Elk Falls Workers

Campbell River B.C.

Service Canada to review allocation of grievance award money…

A past member stopped by this morning to tell us that he had been informed by Service Canada that they are going to do a review of how they reallocated the monies that some Elk Falls people received from Catalyst late last year.

The money was, for the most part, to compensate people for the Company’s decision to pay out earned time off at base rate.  People expected it to be considered an adjustment to moneys already earned (and claimed for E/I purposes) , But Service Canada took the position that it was money earned for additional hours and this meant people were in some cases asked to repay E/I money they had received.

I have no idea how long it will take them to review, but it is potentially good news for those who had to repay part of their E/I money.


October 7, 2011 - Posted by | General


  1. Good to see that this site is being monitored, was begining to think about this arbitration case next month. Fingers crossed on this precedent case issue. What was good before, why not now, for the few that are left…

    Comment by Dennis | October 22, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hello fellow catalyst refuges, I was initially dinged by EI for the grievance win for the holiday pay and my EI was extended because of it. Then the following year EI sent me a letter saying they had received information from catalyst about money I had received while on EI and this money would have to be repaid. I tried to convince the people at EI that it was the same money I received earlier, but catalyst called it something different. After an hour on the phone with the EI person I was successful in convincing them that in fact it was the same money by pointing out the amounts were exactly the same. The individual from EI said I would not have to pay back the money, not only that but also my claim should not have been dinged in the first place, because it was money that was earned before I was on EI.

    Comment by Mike Coultas | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  3. Hi Ian. I was wondering what the status of pop up bridging is now? Thanks for any info you can provide.

    Comment by Mike Macklin | October 18, 2011 | Reply

    • For anyone that was between 55 and 60 that retired before July 2010 and is in receipt of retirees medical (both BC & Extended Health) it is simply a matter of ensuring that Catalyst has your correct address. They start sending your pop up bridge when you turn 60.
      For those between 55 and 60 that didn’t leave and retire until after the permanent mill closure was announced, the Company’s position remains that you got either a severance or retirees benefits, but not both . That issue is scheduled to be heard by an arbitrator in about a month. Once we know more, we will post it.

      Comment by Ian | October 19, 2011 | Reply

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