Elk Falls Workers

Campbell River B.C.

Arbitration Update…

We ran a number of arbitrations last November, and because of Catalysts current financial difficulties the decision on some was delayed.
Today (May 3) we received the arbitrators decision to the question – whether Employees who were 55 or older when severed under the permanent closure language were eligible to receive retiree benefits and pop-up bridging if they retired.
The Company took the position that employees had to make a choice. If they wanted retiree health benefits and pop-up bridging they had to sever their employment and retire, or they could take their severance, but then they wouldn’t qualify for the retiree benefits and pop-up bridge. It was either one or the other, not both.

Arbitrator Hall has ruled that the Company was incorrect in the application, and that people could sever and get the retiree benefits from the collective agreement.

This award doesn’t apply to a large number of people, but for those that it does apply to, it has huge consequences.

For a PDF copy of the award Click Here

May 3, 2012 - Posted by | General


  1. Great news for your members and all CEP. I felt very fortunate that Eurocan allowed CEP 298 and 1127 member to take severance and retiree benefits without making us fight for them when they closed the mill in 2010. Don Klie (retired member of Local 298)
    Hi Don – Nice to hear from you…
    Yes it’s great news, but we still have to see how Catalyst comes out of CCAA. It could be a hollow victory if thier restructuring plan is defeated and we end up in a sales process. Ian

    Comment by Don Klie | May 4, 2012 | Reply

  2. Finally some justice……

    Comment by Dennis | May 3, 2012 | Reply

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