This report is of the appointed Mediators that assisted the BCMEA and ILWU Canada in negotiations. Click on the link below to view.
Archive for September, 2010
In a recent Summary Disposition (2010-05) on the issue of BCMEA contacting casuals to advise them of increased work opportunities and ILWU advising casuals of their right to block the phone calls or asking BCMEA not to contact them, the Job Arbitrator made the following findings:
“There is no specific provision pointed to in the Collective Agreement which requires casuals to allow automated messages from the Association and, as outlined in SD 2010-03, there is no specific bar preventing the Association from such communications with casuals. (page 11)”
“It is my opinion that there is no bar to casuals blocking Association automated messages or advising the Association that they do not want to be contacted. However, when the Union encourages such action the individual’s considerations must include an understanding that the Association has a right to contact. (page 13)”
BCMEA can contact casuals to advise them of increased work opportunities generally, but not specific dispatch assignments.
Casuals may block or refuse to answer calls from BCMEA if they wish and may advise BCMEA that they do not wish to receive such phonecalls. The choice in receiving such communications is up to the individual casual.
**This update can also be found in the “Hot Off the Press” tab under “Resource Center” at the top of the page**
Pictures taken at Prince Rupert’s 100 Year celebration are now available for viewing! Just click on the link below, or go to the new “Pictures” section and click on “Prince Rupert 100 Years”!
President, Tom Dufresne has released a bulletin with updates from negotiations. Please click on the link below to read it, or pick up your own copy at the ILWU Canada office. This bulletin will also be available in the new “Hot Off the Press” section where you will find the most current updates and bulletins straight from the desks of the ILWU Canada.
Thousands of members, casuals, families and Locals participated in the Labour Day and 100th Anniversary march in Prince Rupert on September 6th. The event was a triumphant success and showed the strength and solidarity of the ILWU. Banners, flags and chanting were abundant as the crowd moved through downtown Prince Rupert to Mariner’s Park for speeches and a barbaque. Congratulations go out once again in recognition of Prince Rupert’s 100th year of organized labour, and a big thank you to all who participated!
Click HERE to see the front page of the Prince Rupert Northern View newspaper where a picture of the march was featured!
Our Sister Lynn Flandera from Local 40 sent us a picture of our Union banner at the Hyatt protest a few weeks ago, speaking out against unfair working conditions and practices.
Our Brothers and Sisters at ITF Seafarers need our help to put an end to piracy. As of today there are still 350 seafarers being held by pirates. By clicking on the link below, following the instructions and signing the petition you can help put an end to this by reaching, or exceeding, the goal of 500,000 signatures! Everyone that is able to sign this petition will be helping in a big way. Get your family, friends and coworkers to support this cause as the goal needs to be reached by Sept. 23rd!