Dear Sisters and Brothers:
As of 9:00 am, Wednesday, June 26, 2013 FortisBC locked out members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 213. There are various work locations involved and we anticipate picket locations in the following communities:
Kelowna, Penticton, Oliver, Princeton, Grand Forks, Creston, South Slocan, Waneta (There are intricacies to this location so will be looking into it), Warfield, Castlegar, Kaslo, and various roving locations (substations).
Below is part of the message IBEW 213 has transmitted to their members:
“…. Our Brothers and Sisters with COPE 378 will be affected by this. They have expressed their support and we need to maintain our good relationship with them. We are in this together with a common employer.
Many Brothers and Sisters working for various contractors will be adversely affected, not to mention the public and business customers. All contractors (not just unionized) doing our work should no longer be doing anything for FortisBC. This would include items such as locates, which is not listed in the ESO. Locates may be done but they must be done by FortisBC managers.
Also our Sisters and Brothers at SCC are required under the ESO to be at work. YOU ALL NEED TO SUPPORT THEM AS THEY WOULD RATHER BE ON THE LINE WITH YOU! They will be our eyes and ears in many respects for the duties managers are doing. I will be requesting the information the employer is required to provide under the ESO.”
“Below I have attached some links to some media articles:
“It is unfortunate that we are in this position. Most unionized employees will respect our picket lines. Inform people wanting to pass of the situation and at this point do not impede access.”
Assistant Business Manager
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
We will keep you advised of the situation as it unfolds, if you have specific questions regarding picket lines you should contact Rod. As he has indicated, some union members have been designated as essential service workers; however, other union members who are not so designated should provide whatever support possible to the picketers. Please advise your members in these communities accordingly.
British Columbia Federation of Labour
200 – 5118 Joyce Street
Vancouver, BC V5R 4H1
NEW Direct Phone: 604-436-7037