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December 18, 2014

How Will The USW Coast Master Agreement Affect Your Business?

How will the USW Coast Master Agreement affect forest contractors on the coast? Many TLA members are unsure. In response, the TLA has organized this member-only, half-day seminar.

Gregory Heywood and Michael Kilgallin, lawyers with Roper Greyell, will lead this half-day seminar. They will mostly look the new USW Coast Master Agreement and what it means for logging contractors operating on BC's coast but will also touch on WorkSafeBC investigations. They will address the following issues:
  • What is the “window of 86” and how does that limit my ability to contract out?
  • What is the difference between a Woodlands Letter of Understanding Contractor and regular contractor?
  • What is the Duty to Accommodate and how does that impact me?
  • Last round of bargaining the Union gave me a me-too agreement, should I be signing these?
  • How do I separate my union business from my non-union business?
  • What do I need to do to fire someone?
  • When would I ever file a management grievance?
  • How to conduct an investigation and prepare for arbitration
When: Saturday, February 21 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Coast Bastion Inn, 11 Bastion St, Nanaimo
Meals: Complimentary light breakfast & lunch
Cost: Free - Only TLA members are eligble to attend this event.

You must register for this free event: Register Now! 

More about Gregory Heywood:
Greg is an experienced labour litigator and has a reputation as a formidable opponent. He acts for management in labour arbitrations, labour board hearings, human rights tribunal hearings and wrongful dismissal proceedings. Greg provides strategic advice and representation for employers faced with challenging as well as cooperative labour management relationships. He has represented both employers and employees in wrongful dismissal suits. His aggressive style and client-side experience are valuable assets for the firm. In addition to his considerable counsel work, Greg delivers focused seminars to clients on a wide variety of employment, labour law and human rights issues. These client focused seminars are an integral component of Greg’s commitment to client service. See his full bio.

More about Michael Kilgallin:
Michael provides strategic advice to employers in labour relations, employment, privacy and human rights issues. He has appeared as counsel before the Labour Relations Board, Human Rights Tribunal, Employment Standards Tribunal, Arbitration panels and the British Columbia Courts. In addition, Michael provides training for employers on a wide variety of workplace topics and is available to conduct workplace investigations. See his full bio.
December 09, 2014

Campbell River Museum - Festival of Trees

This year the TLA took part in the 2nd annual Festival of Trees hosted by the Museum at Campbell River. The trees are all sponsored and decorated by local businesses, organizations and families, and each has its own unique theme.

The TLA tree is decorated with old time photos depicting the forest industry's long history in Campbell River. Our message is "Celebrating a long history in the community during the festive season."

December 01, 2014

Hard Hat Art

This beautiful logger art will be up for bid at the silent auction at the TLA Annual Convention & Trade Show. This old aluminium hard hat was painted by TLA member, Trevor Hedden, and is now a work of art. Thanks for the generous donation Trevor! 

All proceeds from the live and silent auctions at the TLA Annual Convention & Trade Show go to the TLA Forestry Education Fundgenerously founded and supported by TLA members


November 27, 2014

In-Person Thank You from Scholarship Winner

UBC forestry operations student Nur Hassan just stopped by the TLA office to thank us *in person* for the $2,500 scholarship he just received from the TLA.

Thank you Nur for the heartfelt thanks and the visit!
And more importantly, thanks for choosing forestry! 

November 26, 2014

Mayoral Forestry Dinner at UBCM

The TLA’s Mayoral Forestry Dinner at UBCM in late September was a great success. We had over 35 coastal mayors and civic employees attend, enjoying a delicious dinner and hearing our TLA message. 

The coastal forest industry needs to attract and train 4,700 men and women by 2022. We plan to recruit this new workforce from your coastal communities.
There were two take-away items provided at the talk:

Who We Are/Where We Are 
This document explains who the TLA membership is and where they operate.
No matter what their business does, all TLA members are local business people who want to see their coastal communities flourish. 

TLA Op Ed: Logging and Tourism Create Win-Win 
Although not the usual headline, the successful cohabitation between logging and tourism on Maurelle Island (near Quadra Island) this past summer is worth celebrating. 

Check out some event photos below:

November 24, 2014

Press Release

The TLA Hires New Executive Director

November 24, 2014, Vancouver – Following an extensive search process, The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) is pleased to announce that David Elstone, RPF, has been appointed by the Board of Directors as the new Executive Director as of January 12, 2015.
“We’re excited to bring someone as enthusiastic and knowledgeable as David onto the TLA team,” said Don Banaksy, TLA President. “We had a lot of interest in the position and we consider ourselves lucky to secure someone who is such a good fit with the association and our members.” 
David brings a wealth of forestry experience with him. For the last decade, he worked as a Senior Analyst for ERA Forest Products Research focusing on global and local forest products markets. In that role, he was a frequent public speaker at industry conferences, a sought-out source by the media and a regular contributor to forestry publications such as Truck LoggerBC. His insights into the BC forest industry and its markets will be invaluable to the membership. 
Before joining ERA Forest Products Research, David owned and operated his own forestry consulting company, Delstone Resources, on the Sunshine Coast. As a consultant, he developed business plans for forest product companies and advised on strategic and operational issues related to forest management. He also represented clients in discussions with First Nations, forest tenure licensees and contractors as well as local and provincial governments. David’s background in on-the-ground forestry and business negotiations gives him a depth of knowledge critical to his new role. 
The TLA Board of Directors are delighted David is joining the TLA at this critical time. “We are really excited to have David as part of our team,” said Jacqui Beban, TLA Vice President. “I know he will move the TLA forward and ensure we represent our members with a strong voice to both industry and government.” With contractor sustainability in question, the Forestry Service Providers Protection Act without a funding mechanism and labour shortages continuing to plague the industry as a whole, David’s fresh perspective and personal drive are exactly what the TLA is seeking. 
We look forward to officially welcoming David at our 72nd Annual Convention & Trade Show in Victoria on January 21-23, 2015.
David Elstone
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents over 435 independent forest contractors and their suppliers operating on the coast of British Columbia. Our membership, along with other independent contractors, accounts for close to 90 per cent of the trees harvested on the coast. The TLA promotes a thriving, sustainable coastal forest industry in BC.  
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For more information: Brenda Martin, Director of Communications, The Truck Loggers Association 
Phone: 604.684.4291 ext. 2 ◦ Cell: 604.339.7554 ◦ Fax: 604.684.7134 ◦ Email: