Linda Biamonte

Alberni gov’t employees join one-day strike

Members of the BC Government Employees' Union (BCGEU) were on the picket lines Wednesday morning at two different sites in Port Alberni.

Government employees were behind picket lines at the BC Liquor Store and the government offices on Eighth Avenue in Port Alberni, Wednesday morning.

The one-day strike by the BC Government Employees Union (BCGEU) is the first day of job action and is designed “to try and get back to the bargaining table,” Local 502 spokesperson Dave Auld said.

The BCGEU has been without a contract since March, and has not seen a wage increase since 2009.

“We’re more worried about privatization than anything,” he said.

Shop steward Linda Biamonte said union members want to keep jobs in B.C.

The Services Canada and welfare offices were behind an information picket, as they have been deemed essential services. What that means is the buildings are open to the public with essential staffing levels inside.

Pickets will remain up on Eighth Avenue until 4:30 p.m. and in front of the liquor store until 6 p.m., which is regular store hours, Auld said.

While ICBC drivers’ services is affected at the Eighth Avenue government building, the ICBC Claims Centre on Sixth Avenue was not. A spokesperson for COPE 378 said most employees at that site have been deemed essential services. The spokesperson would not rule out an information picket line at the claims centre, however, said the facility would still remain open.

The Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE) Local 378 joined both the BCGEU and Professional Employees Association to send a message to the provincial government that they want fair and reasonable collective agreements.

Just Posted

West Coast General Hospital Foundation steps up for Westhaven

The WCGH Foundation is a fundraising partner at Port Alberni hospital

City of Port Alberni ponders future of uptown train station

Developer interest in heritage building prompts discussion on uptown revitalization

Join a food asset mapping focus group in Port Alberni

Learn about food mapping heritage in Port Alberni and Clayoquot Sound

Somass River sockeye fishery estimates cut in half

Local fisheries closed; poor ocean survival a prime suspect

‘Lightning’ hits Sproat Lake for annual regatta

Alberni Valley Regatta Association hosted sixth annual races

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison

Experts say he will likely wind up at the federal government’s Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado

Survivor of near-drowning in B.C. lake viewing life through new eyes

“If I died that day, the baby wouldn’t know his dad,” said 31-year-old Mariano Santander-Melo.

‘Beyond the call’: Teen in police custody gets birthday surprise by B.C. Mountie

Unusual celebration started when Staff Sgt. Paul Vadik went to visit the teen in his Coquitlam cell

Thunderstorms forecast across B.C.

Environment Canada has issued a thunderstorm watch for B.C.’s central Interior

Driver who killed B.C. motorcyclist receives absolute discharge

Chase family speechless following decision by BC Review Board

Lower gas prices slow annual inflation rate to Bank of Canada’s 2% bull’s-eye

Prices showed strength in other areas — led by a 17.3 per cent increase in the cost of fresh vegetables

B.C. moves to preserve 54 of its biggest, oldest trees

Fir, cedar, spruce, pine, yew set aside from logging

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Most Read