CEP Local 242 President in Corner Brook doesn’t appreciate Dave Coles’ comments
Bruce Randall, President of CEP’s Local 242 in Corner Brook said national president Dave Coles’ comments yesterday were unwanted and may actually harm the sensitive process mill workers are going through this week.
Yesterday Coles urged the workers to accept Kruger’s contract offer when they vote this week.
Randall said he would rather leave that decision to the workers. He also said he has been trying to talk to Coles for the last 4 months but Coles has not been in communication with him.
“Dave Coles has no credibility anymore — none,” Randell said. “All he’s doing is hurting our cause. We are trying to get a collective agreement here in Corner Brook that people can live with. That is the ultimate goal. We don’t need the criticism. Hopefully, he hasn’t hurt our objective of getting a tentative deal. I say, ‘hopefully,’ because my members are tired of the rhetoric.”
The CEP has encouraged workers at other mills to accept concessions, setting a pattern of collective agreements that Randell said Corner Brook Pulp and Paper’s employees are now expected to go along with without question. Every mill has it’s own factors to consider and Randell said Coles is out of touch when it comes to the situation in Corner Brook.
“If he wants to question my leadership, why doesn’t he pick up the phone and phone me?” asked Randell. “Or, better still, why doesn’t he get on a plane and fly down here and meet face-to-face with the local leadership that he questions, and have a better understanding of what’s going on … Did I get a phone call from Dave Coles? No. Do I need to talk to Dave Coles about certain issues? Yes. And I asked four months ago to get a hold of him.”
The Local Executive are hoping for a deal, but they are not telling their members to rubber stamp the offer in front of them this week.
Workers will be able to pick up their copy of the offer tomorrow. Meetings and voting will occur on Thursday.
All of the union locals at the mill will vote before Friday.
Pressing discussions; Head of Local 242 says CEP national president doing more harm than good (The Western Star)
N.L. mill union leader rebukes national president for urging OK of deal (Cape Breton Post)
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