Thursday, 27 March 2008

Steam Plant Posting

STEAM PLANT - Control Room Engineer
Department: Steam Plant
Rate $31.54/ Knowledge rate $34.10
Date Issued: Mar. 27, 2008
Date Closed: April 3, 2008

Successful candidate must hold a 3rd class Power Engineering certificate. The Control room Engineer will be in a job rotation with the Assistant Shift Engineer.

Those interested should complete a transfer form available in the Human Resources Department.

All necessary training for the above will be provided.

Open to Local 592 Employees Only

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

John Vezina Memorial Gathering

As many of you may not be aware, long time member and past president John Vezina passed away late last week. John was one of the longest serving presidents in local 592 and was a wealth of knowledge and experience that we will dearly miss.

There will be a memorial gathering at Hansen Hall on Saturday March 29th @ 1PM to 3PM.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Enhanced Severance Offers Concluded

The Enhanced Severance Offer has been concluded. All 592 Members that applied received the enhanced severance package for a total of 33 people and a total cost of $1,472,625.16. Obviously there are insufficient funds to carry on to the next step (further retirement packages). The seniority date required to be recalled to the mill is now May 8th 1984. This date may be adjusted by 2 positions in the future due to a shortage of ticketed people in the Steam Plant. The date may move up to April 30th 1984 if the Steam Plant is successful in their attempts to hire two ticketed people.

For all those that accepted the enhanced severances, I wish you good luck in your future endeavours.

Pete Rayburn

Friday, 21 March 2008

Local 592 WCB Advocate / Officer

We are currently seeking a local 592 member who may be willing to step up to the plate and take on the duties of our WCB Advocate. Jim VanDusen is currently covering these duties but is finding it a little difficult to find the time necessary for the job as he is still employed at Crofton. All training is covered by the Local and most of it is done out of our Western Region Office in Vancouver. If you have any questions and may be interested in taking on these duties please get in touch with me. Cell # 731-6852.

Pete Rayburn

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

First Aid Certificate Premium

As per our new agreement:
  • Any employee who holds a valid OFA Level III ticket will receive a premium of $.50 /hour (provided the position they are working does not require it). The Company will pay the tuition and book costs of the training (1/2 up front, 1/2 upon successful completion). No wages will be paid during this training.

Any member of Local 592 that falls under this clause, please provide Krista Tremblay with proof of your OFA Level III ticket so that it may be calculated into your pay.

Pete Rayburn

Tuesday, 18 March 2008


The semi-annual Retirees' get together is happening in April.

When: April 18th
Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Come for Coffee and Pizza!

This announcement is also posted in the sidebar and will remain up until after the get together.

A4 Start-up Information Sessions

Local 592 Wage Delegates and Catalyst Management will be holding Information Sessions prior to the A4 start-up on May 1st. There will be 2 sessions for every employee, the first to take place in early April and the second will take place just prior to start-up. Session one will be approximately 4 hours in duration and will cover off such things as:

Rationale Behind the New Agreement

  • Why we chose to change
  • where we plan to be in our future
  • A4 + A5 (2 machine solution)

Detailed Review of the Terms of the New Agreement

  • specific items for emphasis and/or clarification
  • handout of new payroll template, shift schedule, etc.
  • invitation for questions on all items

The second session is also scheduled for 4 hours and will cover:

  • Ramp-up and specific Department Targets
  • Key aspects of Start-up Plans (dedicated manning, procedures etc)
  • Roles of Supervision and Crews
  • Departmental Duties and Expectations
  • Communications

We are encouraging everyone to attend these sessions. We want to try and answer any questions you may have and aleviate any doubt before we head into the full implementation of this new agreement. Like the agreement or not, all of us have to be on the some playing field and pulling in the same direction if all of this is going to work.

Pete Rayburn

Monday, 17 March 2008

General Meeting Tonight - March 17th

Just a reminder to the membership that the monthly General Membership meeting is tonight at 7:00 p.m at Hansen Hall.

See you there!

In solidarity,


Saturday, 15 March 2008

To All Retirees Leaving April 1st.

A concern had been raised about some confusion over the "Life" option that some of you may have opted for. If you are not completely sure or satisfied with your option choices, please phone the office at the Hall and leave a message for Linda and she will get back to you next Friday.

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

March Forward Look

The March Edition of the Forward Look is up. Just click here.

And don't forget the General Meeting on Monday March 17th at 7:00 P.M.

Sunday, 2 March 2008

Forward Look Articles

With all that is going on lately, I just wanted to throw out a reminder that the deadline for March Forward Look articles is Friday, March 7. Please send your article to my gmail address ( by 4:30 on Friday. Adding Forward Look in the subject area will ensure that I know it's an article.

Articles sent via my Catalyst email will not be accepted.

In solidarity,