Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Meeting to Elect

When: Sunday, March 21, 2010
Time: 11:00 A.M.
Where: IN CRANBROOK at the USW Boardroom located at #201, 105 - 9th Ave.South

PURPOSE of meeting -
1. Nomination and ELECTION of the Plant Committee
2. Nomination and ELECTION of the Safety Committee Chairperson
3. Nomination and ELECTION of Delegates to Local 1-405 Annual Delegated Meeting
4. Submission and VOTING on Resolutions to Local 1-405 Annual Delegated Meeting

5. Other business as submitted by the membership

This meeting is the primary method for the union membership on the plant floor to control the activity and decisions of your union. Your participations is both encouraged and necessary. Be a good union member and support your fellow union members by coming out to this meeting.

All Elko union members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


The BC Interior Bargaining Committee has completed three days of face-to-face bargaining with the Interior Forest Labour Relations Associations (IFLRA) in Kelowna.

The Canfor collective agreement — recently ratified by USW members in three Steelworkers local unions in both the northern and southern interior regions of BC — was proposed to the IFLRA this week as the solution to assist them with the expected recovery of the forest industry. The BC Interior Bargaining Committee intends use this ratified agreement as a template to craft a unique IFLRA agreement that will address the employer association’s issues and concerns in a fair and equitable manner.

The IFLRA represents a number of major southern interior companies such as Tolko Industries Limited, Tembec Inc., and Weyerhaeuser Canada Limited. United Steelworker members employed by these companies — and a number of other smaller southern interior enterprises — have been without a collective agreement since June 30, 2009.

Bargaining with the IFLRA is scheduled to continue in Kelowna over the next few weeks.

Source: USW BARGAINING BULLETIN #31 - March 12, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010


The BC Interior Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce that United Steelworkers members employed by Canfor in the BC Northern and Southern Interior regions have ratified a four-year collective agreement retroactive to June 30, 2009. Members in USW Locals 1-424, 1-417 and 1-405 voted in majority favour of the agreement that was reached on February 20, 2010.

The agreement provides union members with an unprecedented extension of seniority retention and improved severance in the event of a partial or permanent plant closure. It provides wage increases of 2 percent in years 3 and 4, protects the members' Long Term Disability Plan, and includes strong health and safety language. Improved life insurance and medical travel coverage are also part of the settlement as well as assistance for apprentices. The agreement also includes an innovative employee investment model linked to a direct payback schedule and potential profit sharing.

The BC Interior Bargaining Committee will utilize the Canfor agreement as the pattern agreement for negotiations with West Fraser and employer associations CONIFER and the IFLRA which represent employers in the northern and southern interiors, respectively.

The BC Bargaining Committee is currently meeting with the IFLRA in Kelowna.

Source: USW Bargaining Bulletin #30, March 10, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Elko Planer Reduced to 2 Shifts Temporarily

The Elko Planer will be reduced temporarily to two shifts, for a minimum of two weeks, from March 8 to March 19. The production night shift will be removed.

This is done because low production on the Fir/Larch run at the sawmill last week resulted in a decrease of Elko rough inventory, insufficient to sustain three production shifts at the planer.

The one shift reduction, for the two weeks, should allow inventory to be in good shape until the summer.