July 27, 2013
Locked out IBEW Local 213 members at Fortis site in Warfield,supported by CUPE Local 2087-Trail Civic members.
The 240 union members of IBEW Local 213 locked out on June 26 by Fortis, continue to walk the picket lines, without any sign of end to the lockout.
The lockout affects employees on the electrical side of the company working in generation, transmission, and distribution operations.
The two sides were bargaining since January when the existing collective agreement expired in February.
During bargaining, FortisBC went directly to the employees with an offer that was rejected by 88 percent of the union membership.
The union offer calls for a three percent per year wage increase for three years, retroactive, a Family Day for employees and a leave provision with benefits for people who accept union positions.
The union has given Fortis a concession in the area of job descriptions which involves the union willing to agree to the employer consulting with them over the language rather that the two sides having to agree on the language of the job descriptions.
The last labour dispute between employees and Fortis was in 2001 and lasted for four months.