Mediation planned

Burnco management and Teamsters union representatives were to enter mediation in Calgary today in hopes of resolving a labour issue with the company’s Red Deer drivers.

As a replacement worker prepares his truck for transport

Burnco management and Teamsters union representatives were to enter mediation in Calgary today in hopes of resolving a labour issue with the company’s Red Deer drivers.

Eight workers at the plant were locked out on Oct. 19 after voting in favour of going on strike, said Bernie Haggarty, business agent for Teamsters Local 362.

The ready-mix drivers have been picketing the plant during business hours while replacement workers and management perform their work and security guards keep watch, said Haggarty.

The workers joined Teamsters a year ago, but are still without a contract, he said on Tuesday.

While company and union representatives have met a number of times, they have not been able to forge a deal and there is currently no offer on the table, he said.

Outstanding issues include the union local’s desire for a closed shop with dues collected from payroll.

There are other outstanding issues as well, including wording that would be specific to the contract, said Haggarty.

“It’s not about the money as much as it is fundamental issues here,” said Haggarty.

“There is some other language . . . that they haven’t agreed to. Simple seniority recognition in a collective agreement, that’s fundamental. You have to have that language, and they won’t agree to it.”

Representatives from the company’s Calgary office could not be reached on Tuesday for comment.

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