Lafrentz Road Marking Bargaining Update

January 25, 2007

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Date:  January 23, 2007

To: All Members - Lafrentz Road Marking

Re: Bargaining Update

Face to face talks for a melded Collective Agreement got underway January 15th through January 19th, 2007 at Kelowna. Lafrentz Road Marking is represented at the bargaining table by General Manager, Curtis Prosko, Paint Division Manager; Gord Marit, BC Operations Manager; Bill Doucette; and their spokesperson is Jay Sharun from Western Industrial Relations Ltd. The Union's Committee is Chairperson, Doug Roed; Andrew Baker, Member; Dwight Page, Member; Ian Southerland, Member; and our Spokesperson is BCGEU Staff Representative, Gary Werk.

You will recall that the agenda for these negotiations was mutually agreed to last summer, and we have reproduced that agenda on the reverse side of this Bulletin for your information. Typically with such a large undertaking, the parties focus on the least contentious issues first and after the five days of talks we have made some reasonable progress on those items.

We are scheduled to reconvene for further talks on February 8th and 9th, 2007. Additionally the dates of March 1st and 2nd, 2007 have been set aside

Your Committee undertakes to keep you informed of our progress at the conclusion of each Barging session.

In solidarity,

Doug Roed, Chairperson
Andrew Barker, Member
Dwight Page, Member
Ian Southerland, Member
Gary Werk, Staff Representative

Cc: Mike Nuyens

Areas of the Collective Agreement to be discussed in the Fall 2006

Subject to the scheduling provisions detailed below the Parties agree to negotiate the items as follows:

  1. Melding of the Extensions to the 13th Master and the Component 20 Collective Agreements
  2. Classification Review - including job descriptions and grid assignments
  3. Possibility of eliminating reference to auxiliary and regular employees
  4. List of Arbitrators and other third Parties named in the collective agreement
  5. Wages
  6. Allowances
  • a. Vehicle allowances
  • b. Meals
  • c. Lodging
  • d. Laundry
  • e. Telephone calls
  • f. Cleaning safety and protective clothing
  • g. Safety footwear
  • Seniority Blocks
  • Job Postings
  • Vacation Scheduling
  • Contracting out
  • Health and Welfare
  • Pension Plan
  • Other issues the Parties mutually agree to discuss.
  • Collective Agreement to be negotiated in early 2007

    Subject to the Agreement regarding the scheduling of the Action Plan, the Parties agree to negotiate a new Collective Agreement to commence on April 1st, 2006.