REPORTING · 27th June 2011
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, who represent the Finning employees have been out on strike all across BC since last Wednesday, June 22. Just like the Postal Employees who have been ordered by the Canadian Parliament to return to work, pensions seem to be one of the main issues.
The Terrace workers, apparently seven are involved, stated the company is asking for a four year contract but is also taking away some of the pension security and benefits. During the last contract the Union agreed to no wage increases and this year they are requesting the company recognize that concession during this round of contract negotiations.
Another concern is a request by the company to have shift workers in locations such as the southeast coal mines, work on stat holidays, if their shift normally falls on such a day, at regular pay. The workers we spoke to wondered if this concession was made; where the concessions would stop? Without nationally recognized holidays being acknowledged and paid for at a rate commensurate for working on such a day the question could be asked, why declare any day a paid holiday day?