Tuesday, 28 November 2006

Election Results

Thanks very much to all who ran for the positions of Vice President and Trustee. It is a good sign to see people willing to step up and get involved in the business of the local union. To those who were unsuccessful, I would urge you to not give up but try again. There are always opportunities each year. Additionally, committee elections will be coming up in January and there is always a need for members to serve in those areas.

Congratulations to our new Vice President, Bob MacAdams and to our new Trustee, Dal Gulstene.

Welcome to the Executive. We look forward to working with you.

Tuesday, 21 November 2006

Nominations and Elections

Nominations for the 2007 Executive were held last night at the General Meeting. The following were nominated:

Pete Rayburn - acclaimed
Vice President (2 year):
Dan Rogers
Bob MacAdams
Doug Chisholm
Recording Secretary:
Tim Thompson - acclaimed
Financial Secretary-Treasurer:
Daryl De Rooy - acclaimed
Trustee (3 year):
Barry Greaves
Dal Gulstene
Simon Fox
Safety Officer:
Phil Guild
Randy Teichman

Elections for one Vice President and one Trustee will be held on November 24th and 28th. Times and places are:
  • In the mill at the Fire Hall between the hours of 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • In the Union Hall between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Counting of the ballots will take place following the final voting day and results will be posted in the mill. Results will also be posted here as soon as possible.

Friday, 17 November 2006

Notice: November 15th Meeting Update


At the company’s request our Wage Delegates met with them again on November 15th regarding their concessionary demands. We were led to believe that the company was willing to respect our position on Main Wage items and prepared to talk about our proposal. Unfortunately we were gravely mistaken. They gave us a brief presentation on why they required Leave Smoothing and following the presentation Mike said “I guess that’s it for today”. We were livid. We asked them what the hell was going on. It was our understanding that we were going to work toward a mutually acceptable solution. They were not interested in this at all and they read the list back to us again. There is a report on this in my article in this month’s Forward Look. We will also be giving a detailed report at the General Meeting Monday night.

Jim VanDusen

Wednesday, 15 November 2006

Meeting Update

Here is a copy of what I've said over on my blog under the title, Same Old Song and Dance, about the meeting that we had with management this morning:
There is nothing to report following the meeting today with the company. After a presentation on why leave smoothing is so important to the company (less relief, fewer jobs) they continued on with their need for pretty much everything on their original list. Apart from a different way of talking about their plan to do away with "soft" trades (their adjective, not mine), they still made it clear that they need everything they asked for from the beginning. In the process they pretty much completely dismissed those things that were presented to them by our group a couple of weeks ago. So, as I said, nothing to report.
And don't forget to come out to the General meeting on Monday, November 20th.

In solidarity,


Monday, 13 November 2006

CEP 592's New Blog

Welcome to the new blog for CEP Local 592.

The executive has asked me to set this up as a place to convey information to the membership. This is especially important since the knee-jerk reaction by the company shut down the all-users address on Catalyst's email system.

Currently the posts will be posted either by me or by a generic CEP Local 592 author. This will allow me to publish posts by the president or other executive members until I get them trained on how to use a computer and post for themselves (I retain the right to remain sarcastic).

Anyway, stay tuned for further information. It will take a little bit of time to get links up in the sidebar and get this blog set up. Hopefully, the posts will be more current and frequent than over at my personal blog.

In solidarity,