Elk Falls Workers

Campbell River B.C.

Update on Earned Time Off Grievance

Dec 9th update – We were informed by the Company that today they would be paying out the monies owed to individuals who had ETO wrongly paid out at base rate. For people whom they have banking information on file, the money will be deposited directly into your account -and  for those who have been removed from their system, they will be sending out cheques to the last address they had on file.
People who can’t understand how they arrived at the amount they did, should contact the company and request more information or a printed breakdown. Phone:  250-734-8024

If you are unsuccessful at that or unsatisfied with the explanation, contact our office and we will go over it with you.

Back Pay for Earned Time Off – The Company has informed us that it is taking significantly longer than they anticipated to calculate the amounts still owing for time off taken since peoples’ card rate was unilaterally changed to base rate.
The Company now believes they will have all the calculations done and money paid out by the end of the year.
PS – I’m just the messenger

Strike Fund – At the last wage caucus meeting held in October, delegates maintained the position that no further money would be returned from the regional strike fund until there was a resolve to Local 1129 (the last Local) negotiations. People felt that it was inappropriate to wind up the fund while there is still the one Local trying to achieve the pattern.

For anyone that has moved – make sure that the Local has your new address so when monies are returned to the Local, we can send them to the right place.


December 10, 2010 Posted by | General | 30 Comments

Paper Excellence Still Hunting for Pulpmills…

CEP Local 1120 and Paper Excellence Reach Agreement

We are pleased to inform you that we have reached an agreement with the new owners of the pulp mill in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. After a respectful and forward looking set of negotiations between CEP Local 1120 and Paper Excellence the members have voted 97% in favour of a new agreement.

This is a critical next step in the process of potentially reopening the pulp operations that were shut down 5 years ago. The new owners, Paper Excellence, have yet to conclude the final deal with both the Saskatchewan government and Domtar. However, we are very optimistic that this will successfully be concluded by the end of November. If so, it is the intention of Paper Excellence to have the restarted operation selling product by the fall of 2011. Continue reading

November 17, 2010 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Social Club

The Elk Falls social club is having a get together for past and present members.
It will be a Pizza night on Oct 16th from 5-7pm at the Campbell River Curling Club.

September 15, 2010 Posted by | General | 5 Comments

Deadline looming for applications for CDTrust money…

There has been a change to the deadline to apply for the BC Government’s Community Development Trust Tuition Assistance program for forestry workers to September 30th, 2010. Previously I believe the deadline was December 31, but it now states on their website that this has changed “due to a high number of applications received”.
If you haven’t already applied, you don’t have much more time available to do so.

The website which has all the information on how to apply is http://www.cd.gov.bc.ca/cdt/index.htm

September 14, 2010 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Severance and retirement

As most of you are aware we have been having some disagreements with the company on issues relating to severance. The one we get asked the most about is how severing your employment affects your retirement.
The companies recently took the position that people severing as a result of the permanent mill closure would no longer be entitled to get both severance and retirees benefits. So, if you’re older than age 55 and wish to take your severance, they will no longer pay your basic or extended medical, nor will they allow you to get pop-up bridging (when you are 60 yrs old). Otherwise you can choose to just quit and not take your severance and then you will receive them both.
We had hoped that we could work this issue out before members had to choose on Sept 10th. Unfortunately that has not been the case and members finding themselves in that situation will have to use their best judgment in deciding which option to take. We have already grieved this issue, but it will be some time before it is in front of an arbitrator. If you need more information call the office and we will answer your questions as best we can.

September 4, 2010 Posted by | General | 2 Comments

Grievance updates

Yesterday, we traveled to Nanaimo for discussions with the Company’s payroll department to ensure we had a common understanding of the recent arbitration rulings and of how they plan on implementing the awards.

1) Supplemental Vacations – As per the award, rather than carve out the period of time people were on layoff, the Company has now updated members supplemental vacation banks, crediting them for all completed years since their hire date. This means members (including those who’ve already severed) will receive their full supplemental entitlement.

2) Qualifying for Floating Holidays while on layoff – We came to an agreement that all Elk Falls members will be paid for 5 floaters for the 2009 contract year. Laid off member will not receive payment for any floaters for the 2010 contract year unless they worked hours in that year. If they did work in 2010, they will get 1 floater as a minimum and then additional floaters for every 200 hours worked (up to the maximum of 5 floaters)

3) Rate of pay for time off taken while on layoff – The company will adjust the hourly rates paid for annual vacations, banked vacations and floaters taken after May 1, 2009 from base rate to the regular rate people held before the layoff began. Supplemental vacation will be adjusted to the pre layoff rate of pay plus any wage increases that were to have come into effect before the supplemental vacations were taken.

As a result of these changes many members are owed money and the time office is going to start to calculate the exact amounts once the permanent mill closure severance payments have been processed. Unfortunately that means the adjustments won’t be completed in time to be included on members final pay.The expectation is that all adjustments calculations will be completed, and any outstanding monies owed will be paid by October 31st. Members that haven’t severed as of this week will have the funds electronically deposited as normal and for all other members the company will have to give them a cheque as they have already deleted your banking information from their system. For any members that have, or plan on relocating – Please ensure the Company has your current contact information, not only so they can send you the cheque but also so you will receive your T4 at the end of the year.

Some of you indicated that you want to see the Arbitration Awards – Here they are – Ian

Award on Severance Retro-activity
Award on Qualifying for Floaters, Supplemental, and W/I
Award on Rate of Pay while on Layoff

September 3, 2010 Posted by | General | 3 Comments

Union Meeting for Local 1123 Aug 30th 2010

We plan on having a 1123 General Meeting this coming Monday Aug 30th at 4:30pm at the union hall. This is not a joint meeting with 630 this time as local 630 is also having a meeting this Friday night.
We will be discussing the severances, where we are with grievances and what the closure agreement looks like in its final form. Plan on attending.

August 27, 2010 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Severance Documents…

I received a call from the Company this afternoon (friday 20th) informing me that most of the severance documents were picked up by Canada Post today, and that people should expect to see them delivered to their homes early next week.
When you receive the letter, go over the numbers carefully, and if you think there is a problem with the calculation please bring the documentation to the office and we will investigate. It would be helpful if you could jot down on a separate piece of paper what the issue is you have with the documentation, and what you believe it should be etc. (ie: wrong dates or wrong wage rates and what they should be)

August 20, 2010 Posted by | General | 1 Comment