To Scorpio Masonry BC Employees


Look at the numbers. Some Bricklayers working for Scorpio Masonry BC are receiving the Alberta (AB) collective agreement rates. Some Bricklayers working for Scorpio Masonry BC are getting the Company imposed rates in the Blue Shaded area. The BC Union Bricklayers, the Independent Agreement is in the Green. The Labourers (Masonry Support Workers) also have a gap between what Scorpio pays and what the union rates are. The Support workers rate for Union Negotiated Independent Rates can go higher than 34.00 based on experience, and equipment tickets.

The company “men” may say “I’m telling you, if you go union we will have less and less work. In Alberta its union because 99 percent of the work is Union.” Not so. I was an organizer in Western Canada for several years and part of my job was to go to non union sites in Alberta where brick work was being done. It is not 99 percent union. Without a doubt. The Industrial/Refractory may be 99 percent but the outside brick is not. The company is already paying Alberta Rates to some crews and paying them Living Out Allowance a minimum of 150 a day or hotel and 70. Yet they are paying you more than 8 bucks less? The numbers don’t lie.

What about if I haven’t gone to school? We run the school. Our union pays for your schooling. You can go to school outside of the regular training. We can decide to red circle your wage, so you won’t make less. Give us a hard look and if you think the numbers are wrong call me and say hey, this aint so and then you and I can figure it out.

Negotiating the agreement. You decide. The workers on the job decide together. That’s what a union is. But you have to do it together. You don’t even have to join a union. Just Be a Union on the job. The company would rather have you fighting with each other. Get together and help each other. We are only as good as the lowest among us. Raise the Line. Call any time, or text, 778-847-2472, Geoff. Email is .

If we have got something wrong here say so in the comments below. We’d be glad to explain.

Want to go union?

Attached below is our current independent collective agreement. All you have to do is “certify” the company union by signing cards and then be willing to back up your fellow workers as we negotiate with the contractor to sign our standard agreement. 55% of your bricklayers or masonry craftworkers who work for the company have to sign a certification card and then, the company is union. Contact Geoff at 778-847-2472. Once union the member employees determine what their demands are.

Union Rates and Benefits Click Here OR see below…

ORGANIZE…Bricklayers and Masonry Support Workers sign these cards and go union without a secret ballot.  Your signed card is guarded for secrecy, no one knows except you, the union representative and the Labour Relations Board Officer.  From the BC Labour Relations Board

Certification  23.  If the board is satisfied that (a)on the date the board receives an application for certification under this Part at least 55% of the employees in the unit are members in good standing of the trade union, and (b)the unit is appropriate for collective bargaining, the board must certify the trade union as the bargaining agent for the employees in the unit.  Contact Geoff Higginson 778-847-2472.

Message re Teck Roaster, Union Security, Hiring, Exclusive Representatives of Management, Working Labour Day.

Video Message

To make sure we are on the same page for the upcoming work at Teck. This is a summary of our communication with Teck.


4.10 Foreperson

“A Foreperson shall be defined as a Journeyperson who is designated by the Employer to routinely issue orders and/or provide direction to Employees.”

We expect that any management representative will give their directions to the forepersons who will issue orders or provide direction to the journeypersons and apprentices.


7.30 Union Representatives

“7.31 Union representatives, in the carrying out of their regular duties, shall be permitted access to a project during the meal period(s), but at any other time shall first be required to notify the Employer.”

“7.32 (a)Job Stewards shall be recognized on all projects and they shall not be discriminated against. The Union shall notify the Employer, in writing, of the name of the Job Steward and any subsequent change thereto.”

The current union representative for the job is Mike Barisoff.  Job stewards appointed by the union hall in writing.  Until job stewards are confirmed in writing Barisoff is the representative for the union on this job.


10.30 Statutory Holidays

“10.32(c) No work shall be performed on Labour Day, except to save life or property.”

No member can be compelled to work on Labour Day nor can the employer ask the member to work or allow the member to work.  The union is the exclusive representative of the employees,  the employer cannot negotiate changes to the terms and conditions of the collective agreement directly with employees.


11.12 Union Membership

“All Employees must be a member in good standing of the Union. Employees shall present a clearance slip to the Job Steward prior to commencement of work, and such clearance shall include confirmation of the Employee’s membership status.”

A member in good standing is a paid up member of IUBAC Local 2 BC and in good standing with their training commitments.  Their training commitments are integral in determining their status for hourly wage rate.  If a member has not completed their training obligations they may be dispatched to work after they have agreed to a course of action to complete the schooling to include registering for the next available course, beginning studies online, completing a level project to assess their skill at the trade.  The union will deal with dues arrears and incomplete training in the craft.

Any employee and union member working as a superintendent, manager or consultant is considered an exclusive representative of the employer.

Delivery of the workforce list more than one day in advance of a project keeps us ahead of status problems that would prevent an employee from going to work.  The list for the roaster start up crew only arrived this morning for a job that starts tomorrow.  In the future provide it sooner so there are no delays in commencement of the work.


“Pursuant to the May 30, 2013 Mediation/Arbitration Decision issued by Mr. Vince Ready, Mediator/Arbitrator, unless otherwise agreed upon by the Union and CLR, in writing, an Employee is not entitled to seek a benefit(s) (i.e. anything above and beyond the minimum standards provided for within this Agreement) from an Employer, and an Employer is not entitled to provide such a benefit(s) to an Employee.”

The union has in writing asked the CLR and contractors to pay 2X the regular straight time rate for all hours on a Saturday and for all overtime hours if the company agrees to do so. 

We affirm that we seek the additional benefit of double time (2X) on Saturdays for our members on this job.  Does Clayburn agree? 


17.40 Enabling

“17.41The Union Business Manager, in conjunction with Employers signatory to this Agreement, may determine, on a “project by project” and/or “blanket enabling” basis, if special dispensation is required to become competitive, and should the necessity arise, may, by mutual agreement, and in writing, amend or delete any terms or conditions of this Agreement for the duration of the project(s). If Clayburn is interested in altering some of the terms and conditions under this agreement they can reach out to the union to request a change to the terms and conditions. Feel free to call to discuss further or if you have any questions.”

RHI looking for bricklayers and specialists

RHI is looking for 2 guniters and 2 key up guys for two different projects in Sept.Sept 13 for 4 shifts we will need 2 guniters  in northern BC and Sept 26th 2 guys with experience keying up in a kiln at PG intercom for 1 week ish. Contact Geoff 778 847 2472 or Christian at 250-309-1813. Urgent call.