BC Supreme Court Tosses out “Nonsense” Asbestos Lawsuit against WorkSafeBC

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Great news for DC38 hazmat members and contractors…

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has thrown out a lawsuit by an asbestos removal company against WorkSafe B.C., labelling the suit “arrant nonsense.”

It’s the fourth such lawsuit against WorkSafe B.C. launched by Mike Singh, who operates Seattle Environmental Consulting Ltd., and his son Shawn Singh, who heads up ESS Environmental Ltd. All have been dismissed because the suits have been found to be without merit and are an abuse of process, according to the recently released ruling.

The Singhs have launched other complaints — all of which have failed — including to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, arguing that WorkSafe B.C. has maliciously…

Hazmat Ratification Vote

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On behalf of the Negotiating Committee, I would like to thank all who participated in the ratification vote, which was conducted on Friday, October 21st, and Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.

The ballots have been counted, and the Memorandum of Agreement has been ratified with over 81% in favour of acceptance.

Once again, the Negotiating Committee sends its thanks to all members for their participation and patience during this difficult round of collective bargaining.


Dan Jajic,

Business Representative, Local 138

Hazmat Update

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The negotiating committee met with the employers on October 6, 2016, regarding the non-ratification of the current offer of settlement. The employers stated that they were unprepared to adjust the offer and that the Union should treat it as a final offer.

Because of the previous low voter turnout, we will be conducting a re-vote of the Employer’s “Final Offer of Settlement”. DC38 and the negotiating committee will need a clear mandate from the membership before any further actions can be contemplated.

Please make every effort to attend and cast your ballot at the upcoming meeting in your area, on Saturday October 22, 2016. The official meeting notice will be sent out later this week.

Dave Holmes,
Business Manager.


Aug. 16 Meeting One Of the Most Productive Yet

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On August 16, 2106 your Hazmat negotiating committee met with the contractors to continue collective bargaining.

The committee is pleased to report that the parties had constructive discussions regarding the industry and the renewal of the collective agreement.

Although we remain far apart from an overall settlement the meeting was one of our most productive. We have set additional meeting dates in August and September.