Unions Rally For Locked Out FortisBC Workers



TRAIL-USW Local 480 hosted a parade of downtown Trail and a bbq at the Steelworkers Local 480 Hall in support of IBEW 213 FortisBC locked out workers on Wednesday, September 25, 2013.

Many union affiliates turned out in support of the locked out FortisBC workers and their families, who have been on the picket line since June 26, 2013.

DSCF4585a   USW Local 480 President Armindo deMedeiros speaks to supporters gathered in front of FortisBC building in downtown Trail.

The 230 employees who work in power generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in the West Kootenay and Okanagan that are affected by the impasse in bargaining that got some good news today as both sides returned to the table with mediator Vince Ready.

Talks continue on Thursday, September 26, and both parties have agreed to keep negotiating for a tentative agreement until Vince Ready books out of negotiations.

The parties have been attempting to negotiate a new collective agreement since early in the new year and with the 2013 nearly over, support is growing for the locked out FortisBC workers.

DSCF4598a    Gerry Shmon, President of West Kootenay Labour Council and the CUPE Kootenay District Council speaks to IBEW 213 members and their families and other supporters telling them the Labour Council and District Council stand with them.

The two sides were bargaining since January when the existing collective agreement expired January 31.

During bargaining, FortisBC went directly to the employees with an offer that was rejected by 88 percent of the union membership.

The last labour dispute between employees and Fortis was in 2001 and lasted for four months.

DSCF4613a  Gerry Shmon, President of CUPE Kootenay District Council and West Kootenay Labour Council speaks to media gathered for event in support of IBEW 213 locked out FortisBC workers.

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