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Xstrata Nickel
From the Desk of Unit Chair - Guy Desloges

From The Desk Xstrata Nickel's Unit Chair - May 2013
Summer has arrived and Environment Canada is predicting warm to hot temperatures this year. I am hoping that all of our members will enjoy the great weather and take in some extra-curricular activities this summer with family and friends. On that note, please remember to drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated both at work and at play.

From The Desk Xstrata Nickel's Unit Chair - March 2013
Another black Friday for our workers. The company yet again, announced no Nickel Bonus payment for the half year of 2012.

From The Desk Xstrata Nickel's Unit Chair - June 2012
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported my recent campaign for a second term as Xstrata Nickel Unit Chair/Member-at-Large. I am truly humbled and I personally guarantee each and every one of you, a boundless commitment to fight for your/our rights as a member(ship).

From The Desk Xstrata Nickel's Unit Chair - November 2011
Winter is approaching quickly. Please be safe at work or at home during the winter months. The Union's goal is to see everyone return home safely to their families.

From The Desk Xstrata Nickel's Unit Chair - June 2011
Over the years, we have lost 87 Brothers and countless others have died from industrial diseases. Memorial Day will be held at the Caruso Club on June 20th, 2011, starting at 9:30 a.m. If you can, please attend.

From The Desk Xstrata Nickel's Unit Chair - April 2011
Recent news and information from Xstrata.

From The Desk Xstrata Nickel's Unit Chair - February 2011
The Bargaining Committee will be presenting its' case for the Company not paying Nickel Bonus for the third and fourth quarter of 2009 on April 12th, 2011.

From the Desk of Compensation, Health & Welfare Officer - Denis Chartrand

April 2014
This review is long overdue! It has been 30+ years since the “green book” has been amended regarding new mining methods

November 2012
As we move forward into negotiations, we must look back and learn from our history...

November 2011
I would like to provide an update from the Compensation Health and Welfare office. I am currently dealing with several accommodations. The Company and the Union are at an impasse on a couple issues. One issue has been ongoing since April of this year. This office feels that the work being offered is not suitable and is moving ahead on arguing the valid points.

June 2011
In showing solidarity and remembrance of the 87 fallen brothers and the countless others who have succumbed to Occupational Diseases, you are invited to attend the ceremony at the Caruso Club on June 20th, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. For those of you who cannot make it, please observe one minute of silence at 10:12 a.m

Front Line Flyer

September 2011
Updates and Articles from Xstrata Nickel's Unit Chair Guy Desloges, The Smelter Report, and more...

Smelter Newsletters

Skilled Trades Committee Person Acclamation - January 2014
Bob Dellaire has been acclaimed as the Skilled Trades Committee Person for the Smelter.

Smelter Newsletter - April 2011
Recent news and information from Xstrata.

Other Newsletters

Drug and Alcohol Policy - Minutes of Settlement
The minutes of settlement for the Drug and Alcohol Policy.

January 2014
There are many disciplines and terminations occurring at the Mines, Mill and Smelter that we are investigating.

2009 Nickel Bonus Arbitration Update - 2013-07-30
The decision just came in on the nickel bonus payout for the last two quarters of 2009. The arbitrator ruled against the grievance and dismissed the case. The Union is currently looking into whether we can challenge this decision or not.

2009 Nickel Bonus Arbitration Update - 2013-07-19
The last set of dates took place on October 26th, 2012. The summary was completed and put into the hands of Arbitrator H. Brown. The arbitration process can be long and arduous. As such, we are still waiting for the ruling by Arbitrator H. Brown.

Nominations at the Strathcona Mill - Steward
Nominations will be accepted for the position of Steward at the Strathcona Mill from March 27th to April 10th, 2013.

Nominations at the Smelter - Steward
Nominations will be accepted for the position of Steward at the Smelter from March 27th to April 10th, 2013.

Xstrata Nickel - P & M Transportation Memo - February 22, 2013
Xstrata Nickel Sudbury Operations Negotiations Committee continues to meet with the United Steelworkers Local 2020, Unit 6855 in an effort to renew the parties' Collective Agreement which expires at midnight on Feb. 28, 2013. Although the Company remains hopeful of achieving a new Collective Agreement, it must ensure that it has in place a protocol for reporting instructions for Production and Maintenance employees in the event of a potential labor disruption.

Election Notice at Fraser Mine - Full Time Health & Safety Rep
Nominations will be accepted for the above noted position from 9:00A.M. February 5th, 2013 to 12:00 noon on February 19th, 2013

Election at Fraser Mine - Chief Steward
Nominations will be accepted for the Chief Steward at Fraser Mine.

Arbitration Committee - October 2012 Newsletter
News from the Arbitration Committee for the month of October.

2009 Nickel Bonus Arbitration Update - 2012-10-29
There have been many Arbitration hearings this year for the 2009 Nickel Bonus. The first set of dates took place on February 6th and 7th, 2012. The Second set of dates took place on June 20th, 2012. Since then, we were able to secure a third set of dates which took place on October 12th and 17th, 2012.

Arbitration Committee - September 2012 Newsletter
News from the Arbitration Committee for the month of September.

Arbitration Committee - August 2012 Newsletter
News from the Arbitration Committee for the month of August.

Arbitration Committee - July 2012 Newsletter
News from the Arbitration Committee for the month of July.

Arbitration Committee - June 2012 Newsletter
Postings were not awarded for embedded contractors. There are a lot of disciplines and the company is asking for a doctor's note when someone is off for 1 sick day. This matter is going to arbitration....

2009 Nickel Bonus Arbitration Update - 2012-06-28
On June 20th and 21st, 2012, arbitration hearings were held concerning the 2009 nickel bonus grievance.

2009 Nickel Bonus Arbitration Update - 2012-02-16
In 2011, two sets of dates were arranged for the 2009 Nickel Bonus Arbitration (third and fourth quarter) hearing.

To all Fraser Mine Workers - November 22, 2011
The Union had a very vivid discussion with senior management yesterday on this issue and strongly suggested that they pay everyone until they get their plan together. What is the most disturbing is that they are not sure how long that will take – again, leaving our workers in limbo without pay. What they did say is that people will be back to work.

Drug and Alcohol Policy - June 28, 2011
As you are all aware, Xstrata Nickel has just unveiled its’ newly amended Drug and Alcohol Policy.

Unit Chair
Guy Desloges
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