Saturday, 31 December 2011

Voting Results

I am pleased to say that Local 592 voted in favour of the Memorandum of Agreement. As far as the Catalyst locals as a group, 4 of the 5 locals voted in favour.

I don't have any further information at this time but will keep you all informed . We had an extraordinary turn out for voting and I would like to thank all our members for attending our Special meeting.

Thank You


Thursday, 29 December 2011

Results to be released Friday evening.

The polls for our vote have closed. The results will be released Friday night after all locals have voted.

Thanks for your patience.

Adam Currey
Recording Secretary

Friday, 23 December 2011

Important Notice!

We will be holding three special meetings at Hansen Hall.

Information Meeting: December 27 @ 7:00 P.M.

Votes Meetings: December 29 @ 2:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.

All members of Local 592 are strongly urged to attend.

Thursday, 15 December 2011


December 15, 2011


As reported in the last update on December 13th, discussions between Catalyst Paper, CEP Local Unions and legal counsels concerning CCAA / Bankruptcy process, restructuring of the bondholder debt and possible outcomes have been ongoing over the past three days.

During this period an Independent Forensic Accountant has been reviewing the financial records of the employer to determine the accuracy of their reports to the local unions and this morning will be reporting back to the Locals. In preliminary discussions, he has reported that all the information and data substantiates Catalyst’s information that it requires immediate relief from the bondholders in the form of a reduction in the bond debt and therefore the interest payments that are associated to it.

As indicated in the press release this morning from Catalyst, they are deferring payment on the $21 million US dollar interest payment due on December 15, 2011 and will be taking advantage of the thirty (30) day grace period and delayed interest payment in a move to restructure their bond debt.

Catalyst has assured the Local Unions in a meeting held last evening that the mills will continue to operate during the deferral period in a manner that will see them meet the delivery of the product to their customers and this action will not impact our members’ day-to - day lives.

The Local Unions’ will continue to meet today to discuss the options that are available to them up to and including entering into early negotiations for a renewal of the 2008 – 2012 Labour Agreement. Entering into these discussions is made with the undertaking that any agreement would be contingent upon an agreement being reached with the bondholders to reduce Catalyst’s debt and a standard agreement being reached throughout the three mills.

As was stated by the Catalyst Locals on the conference call – once they enter into the process of bargaining a renewed collective agreement, they will forward a letter stating they are withdrawing from caucus.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

The 2012 Executive

Now that the executive elections are done, here is a list of the 2012 CEP Local 592 Executive.

Jim Vandusen - President
Travis Goodyear - Vice President
Owen Paxton - Vice President
Ian Nicholson - Vice President
Adam Currey - Recording Secretary
Brent Hamelin - Financial Secretary
Randy Teichman - Trustee
Andy Bos - Trustee
Dan Rogers - Safety Officer/Trustee

Wage Delegates: Jim Vandusen, Travis Goodyear, Brent Hamelin. Alternate: Adam Currey

In Solidarity,

Adam Currey

Result of the Special Meeting Vote

The result of the vote from today's special meetings was in favor of the Wage Delegates talking with the company. We will keep the local as informed as we can.

In Solidarity

Adam Currey
Recording Secretary

Tuesday, 6 December 2011


The results of the election are in:

Vice President (2 positions, 2 year term)

Doug Chisholm
Ian Nicholson - ELECTED
Owen Paxton - ELECTED

Safety Officer/Trustee (1 position, 1 year term)

Simon Fox
Joan Race
Dan Rogers - ELECTED

Congratulations to those who won, and a sincere thank you to those who put their names forward.

Adam Currey
Recording Secretary

Monday, 5 December 2011

No Forward Look for this Month

Due to recent developments, we will be busy with other work and will not be putting out a Forward Look for December. The purpose of the Forward Look is to keep our members up-to-date with what has happened over the course of the month. As things happen over the next couple of weeks we will keep you informed with this blog, posters in the mill and Jim's e-mail list. If you would like to be added to Jim's list e-mail him at

And a reminder, the special meetings will be at 2pm and 7pm on Thursday, December 8th.

Adam Currey
Recording Secretary

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Special Meetings

There will two special meetings on Thursday, December 8th, at 2:00pm and 7:00pm at Hansen Hall to discuss some very important issues. All members are strongly urged to attend.

In Solidarity

Adam Currey
Recording Secretary.