IBEW 213 still locked out

It is now four months later and employees are still locked out

Scott Minshull

On Wednesday, June 26 FortisBC locked out 225 of it’s employees.

The main issues involved in the dispute are wages and control over job descriptions. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union (IBEW)Local 213 has been in bargaining with FortisBC since January of this year.

Now, four months later and still locked out, other unions and workers are rallying to show their support. CUPE, BC Ambulance and COPE workers rallied last Thursday in Kelowna and USW 480 marched in support on September 25 in Trail, B.C.

Business manager for the IBEW, Rod Russell said the membership rejected mediator Vince Ready’s recommendations for an agreement earlier this month. “Numerous contentious concessions were added by the company in mediation,”  he said.

Without union direction for acceptance or rejection of Ready’s recommendation, the workers cast secret ballot votes which resulted in a large majority rejection.

FortisBC is losing employees, construction jobs are being held back and the people locked out are not driving the economy— “The company doesn’t seem to care, said Russell, the collateral damage is completely unknown.”

He added that the public can and is encouraged to, contact the B.C. Utilities Commission with their concerns.

Letters of comment voicing opposition to rate increases and concerns in regard to service can be emailed to Complaints@BCUC.com

To keep up with the (IBEW)Local 213, like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SupportIBEW213 or follow them on Twitter https://twitter.com/Support_IBEW213.

 

Just Posted

Choral Extravaganza brings valley choirs together

Sunday concert features six choirs singing together

Princeton police called nine times to settle family disputes

A long-standing family dispute resulted in a peace bond being issued in… Continue reading

Battle continues over Princeton caboose

Players appeared before a judge last week

Great weekend to start your Christmas shopping

Lots going on in Princeton Saturday

Alleged affair leads to assault in Princeton

Remorse and a clean record result in suspended sentence

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Start on time: Canucks looking to shake first-period struggles

Canucks centre Bo Horvat said the formula for getting a leg up is there for everyone to see

COMMUTER ALERT: Snowfall warnings in effect across B.C.

Travelling this weekend? Check the forecasts before hitting the road

Drones take off to search for missing North Okanagan women

A volunteer search party was supported by professional drone operators

Choral Extravaganza brings valley choirs together

Sunday concert features six choirs singing together

Tips for keeping your personal data safe, from the experts

It’s important to keep your ‘online footprint’ safe

Lights to turn blue ahead of funeral for fallen Abbotsford police officer

Buildings across B.C. are going blue Saturday night in honour of Const. John Davidson

Ride-share pioneer drives up quietly to B.C. battleground

Lyft approaches B.C. without Uber bombast, eyes small towns

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Most Read