SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. — Drivers for Cascade Carriers are poised to go on strike, after 92% of CAW Local 4050 members voted in favour of strike action, if necessary.
The union says Feb. 25 is the most likely date for its 56 owner/operators to walk off the job. The affected owner/operators deliver throughout Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan, delivering powered concrete, flyash, sand and other materials to customers in the cement and oilfield industries.
Cascade’s largest customers include: Lafarge, Rolling Mix, Inland Cement, BJ Services, Schlumberger, Trican, Sil Industrial, 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 tepresentative 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.”
Negotiations between the union and the carrier have been underway since July, 2010. The union claims little progress has been made towards a new collective agreement.