Elk Falls Workers

Campbell River B.C.

Would you pay for something you’ll never get? Certainly doesn’t seem to bother Hydro…

 The Consumers always foot the bill – So Hydro just continues to pay ….?

After 6 months of negotiations, Capital Power continues to demand contractual concessions from it’s workers.
Now Capital Power has ratcheted up the pressure on workers at Island Generation by locking them out!
The local management group is in the plant. They have hired a security firm to videotape the locked out workers every move.  But it’s what management are doing hidden in the plant that should concern people!

They say they intend to try starting and operating the plant if they get the call from BC Hydro.

None of the management group at the facility has had formal training on the safe operation of the equipment so the mere notion of management employees starting up the plant on their own is frightening.

So why would management risk damaging the equipment and put their own personal safety in jeopardy?

It appears that if Capital can convince BC Hydro they have a fully operational plant, ready to supply power when required, Hydro is obligated to pay Capitol $millions$ each month as per the existing agreement.

However, if the Island Generation facility isn’t available, BC Hydro’s agreement gives them financial relief. Hydro doesn’t have to pay – instead, that money could be reallocated to any of the other infrastructure improvement projects being undertaken by Hydro around the province.

Certainly BC HYDRO can’t believe that 4 untrained managers can safely operate this 275 MW Power Generation Facility and guarantee their contractual obligations?   So why would they continue to pay?

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November 10, 2012 Posted by | Island Lockout | Leave a comment

As you will notice, the Elk Falls Workers site has been re-purposed to help CEP 1123 workers circulate information about their current labour dispute.

Historically, Local 1123 and it’s members have had their fair share of experience when it comes to lockouts or strikes.  When we had over 1000 members taking turns walking the picket line, and the largest employer in town no longer producing, everyone in town was aware of what the issues were.   And they were always concerned about finding a way to get the parties back to the table and   There were many competing interests, but they all worked to find resolve to the outstanding issues. so we could all get back to work.

The current dispute with Island Generation is different in many ways.

The picket line is at the entrance to the facility on Orange Pt road, only visible to those in the neighborhood who drive that route.  Out of sight – Out of mind.

There are 14 members locked out, so they are required on the picket line for as many hours each week as they would normally work. 14 people on a picket line has a very minor financial impact the community so other parties resist getting involved – Not my problem – I’m OK.

But the biggest difference is Island Generation continues to be paid by BC Hydro. The 4 managers from the plant insist they are capable of operating the facility, and Hydro doesn’t appear to be calling their bluff.
With no financial impact to Island Generation there is little incentive to return to the table. How long will Hydro continue to pay for a facility that isn’t available. Consumers need to ask them why they are paying and why they are helping the employer try to extract concessions from the employees?

The 1123 members on the line are solid in their resolve, they will not to bullied into giving concessions.
They will be on the line for as long as it takes, so any way you could show support would be appreciated.
Whether dropping off a few sticks of firewood or just stopping by for a visit – It all helps…

November 1, 2012 Posted by | Island Lockout | Leave a comment

CEP 1123 members Locked Out…

The 14 remaining active CEP 1123 members who work at Island Generation were locked out at 5:00 am today by their employer Capitol Power.

Negotiation for a new collective agreement have been underway since April. The employer is asking the members to strip parts out of the collective agreement that have been in place throughout the industry for years.

The CEP members have been in a legal strike position since Sunday, however had postponed job action and instead applied to the LRB for mediation in an effort to resolve the outstanding issues. Despite agreeing to not lock members out until the mediation option was explored, the employer chose to renege on that and send the 14 members to the street.

October 30, 2012 Posted by | Island Lockout | Leave a comment