CIMS Deducting CPP and EI premiums from initial and terminal travel allowance.

This is the most recent info from the tax lawyer.

Hi Geoff,

I have received no correspondence from CRA. The last communication I saw was the abeyance letter you sent me in August.

The CPP and EI treatment should follow that for income tax purposes. The members’ argument was that neither income tax, nor CPP, nor EI should have been deducted. But if CIMS is deducting income tax, then logically they would deduct CPP and EI too, although your members maintain that this is the incorrect result at law (as set out in the income tax, CPP and EI appeals arguments I drafted for you).

Kind regards,


Camps-Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Click here to See Statement From Union On Camps.

Port Mellon Camp has been inspected and approved by the BC Building Trades Inspection Committee. This means the employer can call this a camp job. If you don’t want to stay in this camp don’t accept the work. If you accept the work and are in camp, and the camp falls below the standards of the camp agreement or any health, fire, sanitary or other regulations and law you can refuse to live in the accommodations. If that happens check with the hall or President and ask for LOA or Room and meal allowance. Follow the link above to see the details, especially of what is required in camp for food services (Camp Rules and Regs.)

Pine River Update Oct 8, ’19

The health department is inspecting mice infestation at the camps.

Good afternoon,

Your complaint regarding mice at Hasler Camp 24 and Little Prairie Lodge was forwarded to me for follow-up. I will visit Little Prairie Lodge tomorrow and will also contact the operator of Camp 24 to arrange a re-inspection if necessary (the photos you’ve submitted may be sufficient).

I will contact you with my findings. If the worker experiencing a persistent cough hasn’t already, I would recommend they seek medical attention.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Ali Moore

Environmental Health Officer

Our member’s inspection has confirmed that Camp 20 in Chetwynd exceeds the Camp Regulation Standards. If at any time a camp falls below standard you can refuse to live in it. Contact the Union if you have any questions or concerns.

Ken Nash is now the contact for Clayburn Workforce. 780-913-7442 mobile.

Pine River Gas Plant Shutdown, Shifts expected to be 7-7 with foreperson crossover. Night shift is in Camp 20 in Chetwynd. Day shift is in Camp 24 near the plant. They are dry camps. Ken will confirm with the union and workforce asap if any changes to shifts.

Clayburn needs more workforce for CNRL, and Syncrude on the hydro (Conversion is pretty much handled). They need API certified members for QC.

Working in Alberta requires a Urine test.

Travel to CNRL is under TAP agreement with local 1AB and is $550 one way flat rate drive or fly. Travel to Syncrude is $285 on the way in and $285 on the way out if you don’t bail.

Pine River Job and Camp Update September 07, 2019

Pine River Gas Plant, Sukunka Natural Resources Inc (SNRI)         

There are Two Camps

Flite Camp 20 is located in Chetwynd at 4414 44 Ave NE, Chetwynd, (250) 874-7445. This is the night shift camp.  Night Shift will be bused in to the gas plant and returned to camp daily.  This is a 166 person camp.

Flite Hasler Camp 24 is located at KM 21 Westcoast Road Chetwynd, approximately ½ KM from Pine River Gas Plant.  This camp is for day shift.  You are provided with secure vehicle parking in Chetwynd and bussed in to the camp.  Clayburn will provide a van for on demand transport to Chetwynd during off shift hours.  This is a 200 person camp.  One bunkhouse is women only.

Both Camps are Dry Camps. 



Flite Camp 20 was inspected by a Clayburn manager on behalf of CLRA Friday September 6, 2019. It will be inspected by a BAC member Monday September 9, 2019 to confirm the contractor’s inspection.  We don’t anticipate a problem.  It appears comparable to Camp 24.

Flite Hasler Camp 24 was jointly inspected by CLRA and BAC August 26 2019 and exceeds our Camp Regulations.

Safety-Hasler Camp 24 Evacuation-SNRI Assures CLRA that the Camp is outside the evacuation zone of the plant and that this is a total shutdown, the camp is flat and there is not a gas release hazard.  The plant has an evacuation plan.  The Camp has a muster point and evacuation plan.


The Job

Contractors-Clearstream is managing the shutdown.  They hire sub trades but Clayburn Services is hired directly by SNRI (CNRL).  Clearstream has what they call a union side, Clearwater and a non-union side Flint.

The job is 7-12 hour shifts per week for up to 23 days starting September 15th. Clayburn staff have not returned calls today to confirm any job/shift start times.

All of this as of September 9 at 9:28 PM. Any questions call or text the union cell phone. 778-847-2472.

Geoff Higginson

Hasler Camp 24 Photos

Camp 20 In Chetwynd

This camp is very similiar to Camp 24. More photos in detail on monday.

Urgent Need for 20 Bricklayers in Fort Mac.

20 bricklayers to Fort Mac. Clayburn needs bricklayers still…. Specifically we need our available Nozzlemen on deck. Contact the hall or Geoff Higginson as soon as possible. Even if you are working right now they could use you in a week or ten days. Let’s go…double bubble and full wages. The three bucks came back in the wage.