Bulletins

XMAS Dance Tickets Still Available For Dec 12 & 19

There are still tickets available for the Christams Dances. Please call or come by the hall. Tickets are $25 each. Please remember we can only accept cash or cheque. These dances are always a good time!

KITIMAT HEALTH CARE

ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS The Union Executive is encouraging all our members to attend this meeting and voice their concerns about the future of Kitimat General Hospital as a fully functioning hospital. KITIMAT HEALTH CARE This is your chance to discuss the future of basic health services in our community. Friday, November 6th, 2009 7:00 p.m. start Tamitik Jubilee Sports Complex Meeting Room (Next to the main entrance) Issued by CAW Local 2301 November 2nd, 2009

EFAP COMMITTEE, TRANSITION COMMITTEE & ALL COMMITTEE NIGHTS

1. EMPLOYEE AND FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM The Union has one opening for a full time EFAP coordinator. The position is open to all active members of CAW Local 2301 who will be available to meet with employees and members of their immediate family on a confidential basis to assist them with their concerns in a wide range of personal problems.

VACATION SCHEDULING

The Union has requested that the Company start booking the 2010 vacation scheduling as per the current CLA Article 13-LU-#1. 1. The normal vacation scheduling period will be the two (2) months prior to the start of the calendar year (November 1st). The following are a number of questions and answers, which frequently come up as per vacation scheduling. Question #1 – When is preferred period for scheduling vacation?

UNION OPPOSED TO POWER SALES – SUPPORTIVE OF KMP

On Friday September 11th, 2009 the Union Executive held a strategy session in order to address specific challenges facing the Union. As a result of members’ questions and the ongoing debacle at city council, one of the topics on the agenda was the Union’s position on power sales and the Kitimat Modernization Project (KMP). On Monday, July 27th City Council passed a motion which reads:

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR OHS&E CHIEF REP OF ORG 10

Nomination forms are available at the Union hall and will be available for those interested up until the start of the OHS&E meeting to be held on September 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the Union hall. If you require further information regarding this position please contact Jim Peers, Chairperson OHS&E Council. Issued by CAW Local 2301 August 19, 2009

AUGUST SHOP STEWARD MEETING CANCELLED

The Shop Steward Meeting set for August 20, 2009 has been cancelled due to members being away on vacation. The next scheduled Shop Steward Meeting will be held on October 15, 2009.

CAW LOCAL 2301 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Eligibility Award to be open in competition to any student proceeding from Grade 12 to a post-secondary institute. The recipient of this award must be the son, daughter or legal ward of a CAW Local 2301 member in good standing. Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 16th @ 12 noon. click on the link below for the pdf file

Special Executive Election Hotline

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CAW Blasts B.C. Liberal Labour Minister Black and Skeena Liberal Candidate van Dyk during Kitimat visit

Local elected CAW leadership from both the CAW Rio Tinto Alcan local and the CAW District of Kitimat local met with British Columbia Labour Minister Iain Black and Skeena Liberal candidate Donny van Dyk this week.

During this meeting, CAW reps outlined their dissatisfaction about the Gordon Campbell Liberal track record in the Northwest.

“We requested meetings with the Provincial Government when they were involved in discussions surrounding the BC Hydro and Alcan power sales agreements,” said CAW 2301 President Rick Belmont.

Potroom Re-Org Update

Late Wednesday April 2nd in the afternoon the Company called a meeting with the Union to inform us that over the weekend they were going to start the process of talking to employees about temporarily assigning people to positions within the new organizational structure.

These are temporary assignments as per Article 10 of the Collective Agreement and not permanent placements.

The following information was also conveyed to the Union:

Union does not condone or sanction an overtime ban

On Monday, March 16, 2009 the Company announced the implementation of the re-organization of Lines 1 - 8 with or without the endorsement of the Focus Groups or the Union.

The Focus Groups and the Company discontinued talking Thursday, March 12, 2009 with the Company saying they are implementing their own agenda. Your Union is well aware that our members are not happy with the Company’s agenda and the fact that they are rolling it out Monday without the endorsement from the Union or its Focus Groups.

RIOTINTO ALCAN PUTS COST SAVINGS AHEAD OF SAFETY IN LINE 1-8 RE-ORGANIZATION

If you have had the chance to read the Company’s Ingot Spot News, Lines 1-8 Reorganization then you have experienced and excellent example of “Company BS” and we don’t mean behaviour base safety.

The closest the Company came to fulfilling their obligations under 26-LU-#5 of the CLA was the creation of the focus group. The process went down hill as time went on. It appears the Company entered into this process with a structure designed to reduce 16 positions from Lines 1 to 8 and justification was not required as far as they were concerned.

UPDATE #2 ON LINES 1 TO 8 RESTRUCTURING MEETINGS

The Union Committee and Company have had a number of face-to-face meetings since January 29th, 2009 (as per Article 26-LU-#5).

Right from the beginning the Union was very clear in stating that any proposed change that reduced Union jobs or positions would have to be completely justified.

  • As per Article 20.01(a) it is the Company’s responsibility to make adequate provisions for the safety and health of employees during the hours of employment.

CAW LOCAL 2301 EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTIONS

CAW LOCAL 2301 EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTIONS

Nominations will open on Thursday, March 26th, 2009 for all Union Executive positions. These elections are for a three-year term. Nominations will close at noon on Thursday, April 16th, 2009. Nomination forms will be available at the Union hall.

Elections will take place on Monday, May 4th and Tuesday, May 5th, 2009. Advance poll will be Tuesday, April 21st, 2009.

ELECTION COMMITTEE