Elk Falls Workers

Campbell River B.C.

630 Christmas Dance

2014 – 630 Christmas Dinner & Dance

Maritime Heritage Centre

2014-630Dance

621 N Island Highway  Campbell River
Friday November 28th – 6:00pm to 1:00am

Open to both 630 & 1123 Members

$Cost: $20Single or $30 per couple

Contact Doug at  (250) 286-1652 or ellisdh@shaw.ca

or

Ron at (250) 218-4147

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September 12, 2013 Posted by | General | 1 Comment

Final Retiree Benefits Arbitration…

Members who were aged 55 or older when they took severance from Catalyst – Elk Falls were enrolled in and started to received post retirement benefits immediately after severing.
In late 2011  the Company did an audit of when people currently on benefits had applied for and started receiving their Pulp & Paper Pension.  They discovered that a number of people who were in receipt of post retirement benefits hadn’t started the process to draw their pension upon severance.    The Company stopped paying benefits for this group of ex members, and we filed a grievance which proceeded to arbitration.

Arbitrator Dorsey was appointed to hear our grievance, and he issued his award yesterday. His award followed similar guidelines as used by Arbitrator Hall in an earlier arbitration concerning severance and receipt of post retirement benefits.  See Posts from Oct 24, 2012

This award also divides people effected into 3 categories.

1) Anyone who retired within the first 8 months following application for severance would qualify for all retiree benefits (MSP, Extended Health, and Pop-up Bridging).

2) People who retired later than 8 months after applying for severance, but earlier than 20 months after applying for severance will receive retiree medical benefits only (MSP, Extended Health, but not Pop-up Bridging)

3) People that retired later than 20 months or that didn’t retire at all do not receive any post retirement benefits.

There will be no retro-activity for retiree benefits, and they will be implemented as soon as possible on a going forward basis. (ideally by July 1, 2013)

Because this award (like the last) is full of personal details I will not be posting it, but will be contacting effected people to let them know their status.

June 19, 2013 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

LTD Recalc Arbitration…

After several years making it’s way through the grievance procedure, and over a year of waiting for a decision after a hearing that was held in 2011, we have finally received the arbitrators award on the recalculation of Long Term Disability Insurance benefit grievance.

For those of you that don’t recall what the issue was… and I can’t blame anyone for forgetting…..

In 2008 we negotiated changes to the language that specifies how people on LTDI have their benefit level recalculated. Changes to both the frequency of updates and the formula used for the updates, were made. Then in May 2009 employees qualified for a wage increase. (even though most were laid off and only a handful were working because of the indefinite curtailment) We inquired whether the employer had done the recalculations for those currently receiving LTDI benefits, and if not yet, when were they to be done? The employer’s response was that only those individuals who went onto LTDI after the agreement came into effect in December 2008 would be having their benefits recalculated using the new language.  We launched a grievance and now have our answer.

The Arbitrator found that the changes negotiated should apply to both groups of LTDI employees. Not just those who went onto benefits after the 2008- 2012 collective agreement was signed, but also those that were already on benefits before the agreement.

We still have many details to work out with the employer, but it does look like we’re getting closer to having the adjustments made. We will keep people updated as we work through the process.

 

March 6, 2013 Posted by | General | 1 Comment

CEP Construction/Maintenance shutdown Job Openings – 2013

For anyone that may be looking for work there are a number of job postings listed here.

They are mostly for trades, but there is sometimes labouring and equipment operator work.The list gets updated quite frequently, so check back regularly.

If you know anyone who is interested, let them know.

December 22, 2012 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Celebration of Life for Steve Curley

Many of you will remember Steve Curley. He worked at Elk Falls as an electrician from 1981 up until his retirement at the end of 2008. Sadly Steve’s retirement has ended far too soon. He passed away on November 15th at the age of 62.
No service has been announced at this time, but Steve’s wife Nancy would like to invite family and friends who knew and worked with Steve to an informal Celebration of Life. It will be held at their home – 470 Wayne Road on Wednesday Dec 5th between 1 and 4 pm.

November 24, 2012 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Arbitrator rules on who gets retiree benefits…

A few months ago we won an arbitration in which it was ruled that people who were 55 or older when they were severed from Catalyst, qualified for retiree benefits as well. The Union took the position that everyone 55 or older should qualify, and the Company contended that only those individuals who retired immediately after being severed would get the retiree benefits. We were back in front of the Arbitrator on Monday, asking him to clarify who was eligible to receive retiree benefits.
He issued his award today, and unfortunately we were not successful in our bid to have everyone get all retiree benefits.
The award essentially divides people effected into 3 categories.

1) Anyone who retired within the first 8 months following getting their severance would qualify for all retiree benefits (MSP, Extended Health, and Pop-up Bridging).

2) People who retired later than 8 months after receiving severance, but before the initial award was released (May 3, 2012) will receive retiree medical benefits only (MSP, Extended Health, but not Pop-up Bridging)

3) People that didn’t retire before the initial award was released do not qualify for any retiree benefits.

Because Catalyst has just emerged from CCAA, there will be no retro-activity for retiree benefits, they will be implemented as soon as possible on a going forward basis.

Because the award is full of personal details I will not be posting it, but will be contacting effected people to let them know their status.

October 24, 2012 Posted by | General | 3 Comments

Catalyst set to exit CCAA…….

I have been told that Catalyst expects to exit CCAA tomorrow (Sept13). There are still a few outstanding issues that need to be resolved for members from Elk…
We are still waiting on a ruling about LTD payment increases for members who were on LTD prior to the signing of the 2008 collective agreement. And there are still issues over eligibility of members to get bridging/medical if they didn’t apply for pension immediately upon leaving Catalyst.
Hopefully now that the CCAA is completed, we can get these resolved sooner rather than later.

September 12, 2012 Posted by | General | 1 Comment

Court approves sale of Elk Falls site….

On Aug 28th the courts approved the sale of the Elk Falls mill site land and assets to Pacific Deep Sea Terminals. The closing date of the sale to Pacifica has been pushed back to September 19th so that Schnitzer Steel has more time to wind up the salvage they are currently doing and get off site.

Interestingly, the #5 Paper machine assets that are still there are excluded from the sale,(the amchine – not the building) and the entire Kraftmill (limeplant, recaust, recovery, TG, Digesters and washers) is listed as excepted from the deal, meaning that if Catalyst can sell it, they will split the proceeds with the new owners.

The sales agreement is online: anyone interested in reading it can ClicK Here

August 29, 2012 Posted by | General | Leave a comment