CAW Members at Cascade Carriers Vote in Favour of Strike Action, If Needed
February 16, 2011, 3:00 PM EST
CAW Local 4050 members who are truck driver, owner operators at Cascade Carriers L.P. have voted 92 per cent in favour of strike action if necessary.
The CAW is now in a legal position to serve 72-hour strike notice, if needed, at any time within the next 60 days. February 25th is looming as the most likely date.
CAW Local 4050 represents approximately fifty-six owner operators who provide hauling services to Cascade Carriers. They deliver throughout Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan. Cascade Carriers transports powdered concrete, flyash, sand and other materials for the cement and oil field industries. Cascade Carriers' largest customers are Lafarge, Rolling Mix, Inland Cement, BJ Services, Schlumberger, Trican, Sil Industrial, Sangel, Trans Alta (Sundance), Badger Sand, Sand Source and, indirectly, Syncrude.
"These owner operators are seeking a fair first collective agreement that provides for income stability, indemnification from rising fuel costs, recognition of their business costs, as well as fair and equitable treatment," said CAW National Representative Todd Romanow.
"They have helped Cascade Carriers become the success it is today and the company needs to provide a fair settlement that recognizes the monies unilaterally taken away from the owner operators over the last four years prior to their joining the CAW, an action which has placed many of the owner operators in a very poor financial position to keep working," Romanow added.
Negotiations between the CAW and the Cascade Carriers started in July, 2010 and have continued at a slow pace over several sessions without much success. The parties have already met with a Conciliator appointed by Federal Mediation Conciliation Services under the Canada Labour Code.
The CAW has proposed further bargaining dates to which the company has not yet agreed.