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Kemano work camp workers ratify collective agreement

Camp workers from  ESS Support Services at Kemano Staff House near Kitimat have ratified a new collective agreement with a 100 per cent “yes” vote this week. UNITE HERE Local 40, B.C.’s camp workers’ union represents the worers.

Culinary and housekeeping employees will now be earning the highest wages in B.C. for camp workers. In addition to the increase in wages, the new collective agreement recognizes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 as a paid statutory holiday for ESS employees. Local 40 commends ESS’s respect to Indigenous workers, as the day is intended to educate and remind Canadians about the history of residential schools and honour those who were impacted.

Robert Demand, Local 40 Executive Director and BC Building Trade executive board member said: “We want to acknowledge Compass ESS’ continued commitment to the local Kitimat community and for providing fair wages that take into account the rising cost of living in our members’ communities.”

Last month, close to 60 ATCO employees in Valemount on the Transmountain pipeline voted to join Local 40. The union has organized more than 400 workers over the past two years, raising the living standards for remote camp workers across B.C., it says.

Local 40 continues to organize Civeo employees across the province. Late last year, Civeo was found by the Labour Relations Board to have violated the BC labour code by giving improper support to the BC Regional Council of Carpenters and unduly influenced workers against Local 40.


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