Workers vote against unionization

Greenhill mine employees opted not to join the United Steel Workers union following a vote.

Greenhill mine employees voted a resounding ‘No’ to joining the United Steel Workers (USW) union and have opted to remain independent of any union partnerships. Ballots were cast and collected between Aug. 20 and Sept. 18 and counted on Sept. 25, with scrutinizers from both Teck and the USW present.

Nic Milligan, Manager of Community and Aboriginal Affairs for Teck, said that the vote is a positive sign of employee trust in Teck.

“Greenhill has been non-union for nearly 25 years and in that time has remained a very positive work place – high level of productivity and safety and we think we have got a high level of trust and respect with our employees and this vote reaffirms that we have a positive work place with a high level of trust and respect,” he said in an interview with The Free Press.

While the USW President Alex Hanson is disappointed with the result, he said its part of a democratic operation.

“At the end of the day, it’s unfortunate but that’s the democratic process. A union vote is a democratic vote and they chose this time not to join the steel workers but that doesn’t mean that they won’t in the future and that we won’t keep trying because we think we are tied together, whether we like it or not,” said Hanson. “We’re workers, we’re coal miners in the Elk Valley, and that’s just the way it is.”

The vote saw a large turn out, with 498 of 507 eligible voters casting a ballot, which both Hanson and Milligan are impressed by.

“It was a 98 per cent voter turn out. I think it highlights how important this issue was for employees,” said Milligan.

“You look at federal and provincial and municipal elections, half of the people don’t even turn out, so at least we got a very accurate representation of what those workers up there believe and what they want to do, and that’s the democratic process,” said Hanson. “Win some, lose some, but we are not quitters, so Teck should still be on notice that we are not going to stop.”

 

Just Posted

B.C. freestyle skier wins gold

Cassie Sharpe of Comox shines in the halfpipe

22 teams compete in Sweetheart Curling Bonspiel

From February 9 to 11, the Sparwood Curling Club hosted it’s annual… Continue reading

Political theatre shines light on womens issues

The Vagina Monologues returned to Fernie last weekend for the second time,… Continue reading

Local rink heading to curling provincials

The Mens Masters East-West playdown took place in Sparwood from February 2-4.… Continue reading

Kootenay East MLA reacts to Throne Speech

Tom Shypitka says speech falls short of intended mark.

VIDEO: Traffic-sign abiding Fernie deer caught on tape

A herd of deer in Fernie, B.C. is getting attention online after stopping for a stop sign

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Virtue and Moir end ice dance careers with Olympic gold

Virtue and Moir’s gold medal win at the Olympics makes them the world’s most decorated figure skaters

Canadians find living in small spaces teaches creativity

Canadian families choosing to live in small spaces to bring closeness to children

NDP Health Minister calls to offer woman seat on Interior Health Board

Joyce Beddow-Buckland of Ashcroft was surprised by the call, and accepted the offer.

SAR suspends search for missing man at Sun Peaks

RCMP will continue to search for a missing man near Kamloops but SAR has suspended their role

Lottery will help save children’s lives

Each ticket gets you a chance to win a lot of money, while helping a lot of kids

B.C. RCMP officer officially cleared in car wash shooting incident

A report found the Salmon Arm officer fired 14 bullets at the man’s truck

Interest in Canadian Armed Forces remains high

Canada seeks about 5,000 recruits each year for its regular forces of about 68,000

Most Read