Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010

….and a Happy New Year in 2011!

"There's more, much more, to Christmas
Than candlelight and cheer;
It's the spirit of sweet friendship
That brightens all year.
It's thoughtfulness and kindness,
It's hope reborn again,
For peace, for understanding,
And for goodwill to men!"

Greetings and all the best wishes from your Elko Plant Committee. We hope this holiday season gives you peace, joy, and rest so you may go refreshed into the New Year of 2011. Our thoughts for Christmas cheer are with the workers at the Elko millsite.

Jeff Bromley, Rick Boekestyn, Ron Fisher, Bryan Gaudet, Enzo Caccavo,
Dave Szots, Dave Tracey, Reuben Blackwater, and Tom Molenaar.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Support our USW Negotiating Committee

To all members of USW Southern Interior from Local 1-405 Plant Committee at Elko:

As most, if not all, of you know, we have been without a contract since July 1, 2009. As the end of November approaches, this will mark 17 months without a labour agreement. What you may not know is that the forest industry in the Southern Interior (that's us) is the ONLY area of BC without an agreement.

Apparently, the IFLRA (the companies) don't think that we deserve the same agreement that our brothers and sisters in other areas of the province received. We beg to differ. Negotiations are going nowhere. It is time for us to send the IFLRA a message. Our union will likely call a strike vote in the near future. DON'T PANIC! No one wants a strike. However, we do need to support our Negotiating Committee and we do that by returning a very strong strike vote (something in the high 90's). Think of it as a tool to aid the bargaining process and give our Negotiators some leverage.

We, the forest industry workers in Local 1-405, have not had a labour disruption since 1986, so there are a lot of you out there who may be experiencing this type of situation for the first time. We have already heard some concerns at the workplace about not wanting to go on strike. We don't think anybody does. Again, DON'T PANIC! Remember; think of the strike vote as a tool...something our Negotiating team can use as leverage. It will be used ONLY as the last possible resort. There are additional non-strike tactics your union can use if we have a strike mandate.

When the time comes to vote, we urge all members to back our Negotiating Team and vote YES!

In Solidarity,
The Elko Plant Committee

November 27, 2010