Hudbay Minerals Hurts Us All

 

Hudbay Minerals Hurts Us All is a group of people meeting together in an international forum and protest to seek justice and reparations for all crimes, violations and harms carried out by Hudbay Minerals. From Guatemala to Manitoba, from Arizona to Peru, Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities from across the Americas impacted by this company are coming together. On Thursday, May 21, at 6pm at the Friends Quaker House on 60 Lowther in Toronto will be meeting to hear first hand accounts from guest speakers around the world. On the eve of the annual shareholders meeting they wish to invite all to gather to share stories and hear testimonies.

Speakers scheduled to participate:

Angelina Choc, German Chub and Rosa Elbira, members of Indigenous Mayan Q’eqchi’ communities from El Estor, Guatemala and victims of repression that allege murder, shooting and gang rape carried out by and for Hudbay Minerals and it’s subsidiary company CGN. Angelina, German, and Rosa are 3 of 11 plaintiffs in the precedent setting civil lawsuits in Toronto courts against Hudbay Minerals and CGN.

Murray Klippenstien and Cory Wanless, of Klippensteins Barristers and Solicitors, representing the Guatemalan plaintiffs.

A speaker representing the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, who have condemned Hudbay’s Lalor Lake and Reed Lake Mines in Manitoba for operating illegally and destructively on their territory. Hudbay has sued MCCN leadership and community members and obtained an injunction to prevent them from using their own lands to hunt, fish, and gather.

A speaker from the movement against Hudbay’s Rosemont Mine in Arizona. The Hopi Tribe and the Tohon O’odham Nation, the Pima County and Santa Cruz County Boards of Supervisors, the towns of Oro Valley, Marana, Sahuarita, and Patagonia, the Green Valley Community Coordinating Council, and the City Of Tucson have all passed resolutions opposing the proposed Rosemont Mine.

A statement will also be shared from the Ayllu of Uchuccarco, an Indigenous people in Peru who have censured Hudbay for failing to keep it’s promises, and for instead contaminating ecosystems and rivers on Ayllu traditional lands.

As we can all see, unfair treatment of their own employees in Flin Flon is not just an isolated incident. Unfair treatment of people is a world wide problem with this company. We must all stand together in solidarity and demand this company treat us fairly and just.

TOGETHER WE WILL BE HEARD!

Two Sets Of Rules?

 

If you were to look at the document released from Hudbay on April 15, 2015 named:

NOTICE OF ANNUAL AND SPECIAL MEETING

OF SHAREHOLDERS

AND

MANAGEMENT INFORMATION CIRCULAR

in respect of the

ANNUAL AND SPECIAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

OF HUDBAY MINERALS INC.

TO BE HELD ON

MAY 22, 2015

If you turn to page 27 and read the paragraph under the heading BENCHMARKING it reads in part:

As part of the Compensation Committee’s consideration of our executive and director compensation for 2014, the Compensation committee engaged Hugesson to update the compartor group used to benchmark our compensation against that of a group of peer companies. The compartor group includes mid-tier gold companies. The Compensation Committee believes this is appropriate, as we compete with all mining companies for executives and other personnel with specialized skills and knowledge and there are a limited number of mid-tier base metal producers to use as comparators.”

Following this paragraph there is a list of 12 companies with a list of each company’s total revenues and total assests that Hudbay management considers it peers.

Management wants to make sure that they are paid at industry standards according to their peers. They are so concerned that there is no mistake made in the comparison they have actually hired an outside firm to make sure it’s done correctly.

They base their raises on personnel from other companies with the same specialized skills and knowledge.

Is there two sets of rules?

All we have been asking from the start is to be paid at an industry standard according to our peers.

As skilled trades we go to school and also train in the field to gain specialized skills and knowledge.

Why are employees treated different from management who are part of the same company?

Why don’t we follow the same rules?

It’s quite clear this company does not respect their workers who are the backbone of this company.

Without our hardwork there would not be a Hudbay.

Treat us all the same and let’s all have one set of rules.

Week 3 Update


Well here it is – week three of the strike. Management is still under the illusion that the plant is running well – reliable sources inside the plant tell us this is not happening.

The money that this management is willing to spend to teach a lesson to the Unions is unbelievable. This is a lesson for all the Unions at Hudbay, because you are next. This is Union busting.

It is absolutely paramount that we get management back to the bargaining table with a real understanding that there are problems that need to be addressed. What reasonable person would take the position that after 15 years without changes to the language in our CBA it is just fine – no changes required.

There are some people, unionized and non, that don’t know or don’t think there are scabs working here during this strike.

We have scabs.. some were here before the strike, some have shown up after. The argument put forth is they have a contract. All scabs have a contract, they are still scabs. They are filtering in at one or two a week. We believe there are 12 scabs at Hudbay today.

STAND TALL STAY STRONG

Production in Peru?

 

Hudbay wants us to believe that their $US 1.8 billion project Constancia in Peru is ramped up and at full production as we speak.

What Hudbay doesn’t want us to know is that there is major obstacles and opposition to all mining companies in the country. Opposition that has reduced production dramatically, and to the point that they are no longer producing at all. Some companies have abandoned them all together.

According to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the total value of mining projects in Peru is valued at a staggering US$63 billion.

However, the total value of projects currently suspended – for various reasons but in particular those where there have been serious conflict is well over US$25 billion.

This is 40% of all mining companies in the country that are no longer in production!

There are some 20 projects currently suspended and suffering major delays. Here are some to name a few.

MINAS CONGA, a copper/gold mining project valued at US$4.8 billion, in Cajamarca. It has been suspended two years ago because of localized protest.

TIA MARIA, in Arequipa, a large open-cast copper project, involving an investment of around US$1 billion. Facing widespread opposition from local farmers of the region, work on the project is currently suspended. There has been a month long strike.

MICHIQUILLAY, also in Cajamarca. Our former parent company, Anglo American announced last year it was abandoning their project due to the drop of metal prices and to the large degree of conflict in the region. This comes at a loss of US$2 billion.

As we scroll down the long list, we find CONSTANCIA, in Cuzo, where the concessions are owned by Hudbay and involves an investment of US$1.8 billion. They are undergoing delays due to local protesters.

Local residents are sick of the empty promises that were made to them by theses mining companies. They will not tolerate the environmental impact theses mines are having to their land and waterways. They will not stand for it, and are starting to shut theses companies down.

The dockworkers at Port of Callo have walked off the job in an indefinite strike. This is Peru’s largest port. With no workers, ships do not get loaded or unloaded.

Hudbay relies on ships to transport their product to their customers throughout the world. They do not get paid by their customers till they receive their product. With no workers to load the ships, they don’t get paid.

How long are shareholders willing to wait for a return on their investment?

More realistic, how long can Hudbay smokescreen them?

There is a real chance that Hudbay will have no choice but to abandon their project as so many companies before them have.

Who is gonna pay for this 1.8 billion dollar mistake?

In solidarity,

Your Bargaining Committee

Management Uncertainty?

 

Brad W. Lantz is the Vice President of Business Development and Technical Services for Hudbay Minerals.

His roles include managing internal and external project reviews, due diligence processes, project and operational governance, reporting and risk management. All engineering and geological standards and reporting responsibilities also fall within his mandate.

He is an important man in upper management in the Toronto Office.

What we and most others will find interesting is the selling off of his HBM shares on May 13, 2015.

This wasn’t a small amount either.

Mr. Lantz exercised 60,000 options at $2.59 apiece, then selling them all directly into the market at an average of around $11.80 and personally taking home the difference.

If we want to round it up to an even number it comes out to a $550,000 bonus.

Now the real questions.

Why would the president of risk management sell off this massive amount of his options right now?

Could it be the lack of progress in the development of the Rosemont Project in Arizona?

Could it be the uncertainty of Constancia in Peru, where protesters are causing delays in production? Maybe it’s the indefinite strike of dockside workers on the country’s largest port not allowing any of their product to be moved and sold?

Or could it be the members of the IAM on strike in Flin Flon and Snow Lake who have crippled the plant’s production and now is running in an idle mode.

The writing is on the wall, this company is in big trouble.

When senior management is selling off shares at this point, maybe there is something blowing in the wind.

If we were shareholders, we would find this very concerning.

In solidarity,

Your Bargaining Committee

Men’s Haircut Premium for the IAM

 

We would like to inform our members that another local business has generously given the IAM membership a service at a wonderful premium.

Carla Watson owner of The Mane Frame along with her staff of professional hairstylists have offered  haircuts to the striking members of the IAM for the premium price of $12.50 each.

This offer will take place throughout the following dates:

Tuesday May 19 to Saturday May 30.

Members are to phone and book an appointment as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

To book an appointment, members are to contact the Mane Frame in Flin Flon  at (204) 687-6800.

We would like to thank Carla and her entire staff for opening her heart and helping us when the chips are down.

We wish to encourage the entire community to visit the Mane Frame for professional service for all of your hairstyling needs.

Chiropractic Adjustments

 

The IAM executive is happy to announce that another local business has graciously opened up it’s arms to help our striking IAM members.

Dr. McKenna, Bonnie Nabe and the rest of the staff from Chiropractic On Main has offered striking IAM 1848 members a flat fee of $15 per a treatment for a chiropractic adjustment.

All Blue Cross fees will be waived.

Appointments can be made by calling (204) 687-4092, but all walk-ins are also welcome.

Their clinic is located on 49 Main Street in Flin Flon and their business hours are:

Monday – Thursday —- 2pm – 6pm

Friday – Saturday —- 10am – 12pm

The IAM would like to thank all staff from Chiropractic On Main for this very generous gift to us.

We encourage all from our community to visit Dr. McKenna and his staff for all their chiropractic needs.

Job Search Assistance

To All IAM1848 Members

As our strike enters a second week, we understand that many of our Members will be seeking other work rather than waiting for HudBay to come back to the bargaining table.

We have arranged for individual job search assistance for any Members who would like to update their resume or access on-line job postings.

If you are interested, please send a confidential email with your contact information to:

IAM1848JobSearch@gmail.com

You will then be contacted to set up an appointment to discuss your individual circumstances.

In Solidarity,

IAMAW 1848 Executive

SCABS

 

If you were to look in The Merriam Webster Dictionary for a definition of what a scab actually is, you will find.

Scab /skab/ n 1 : scabies of domestic animals 2 : a protective crust over a sore or wound 3 : a worker who replaces a striker or works under conditions not authorized by a union 4 : any of various bacterial or fungus plant diseases marked by crusted spots on stems or leaves – scab.by adj

As we all can see the word scab is used to describe a thing that is unpleasant in all definitions.

Actually it is an unpleasant and grotesque growth that is a sponge on what is healthy and viable.

It also describes a worker who is brought in by companies to replace their own employees who have gone out on strike because they are not being treated fairly.

They are paid at a higher wage rate than their own employees to preform the same tasks.

They are used to prolong the length of a strike and to starve out their own employees to try force them into submission.

They are used to break union solidarity by creating the perception that it is no longer effective.

Let’s be crystal clear, scab workers are not a part of the community. They do not spend money in local businesses. They do not pay taxes to our infrastructure. They do not support community events. Once they leave, all that they have earned leaves with them.

Companies who employ scabs do not care about their employees, the community, or the people in them.

Corporate greed is their only bottom line.

In solidarity

Your negotiating team

Safety In The Plant and Mines

 

We want all employees still working in the plant and mines that safety must supersede everything else in your work day.

Now a week into the strike, mechanics and pipe fitters have not been in the plant to inspect and repair the equipment and machinery that you use on a daily basis.

You can no longer assume that these machines are safe to use anymore.

You must take the time with all pre-operation checklists and be sure to check every article to ensure that it operates as it should. You must not operate any equipment until it can be used in the safest possible way. If it does not meet safety standards, as stated in Hudbay’s checklists, you must lock out the equipment and it will not be used until the necessary repairs can be made so it can be operated safely.

Employees should also be aware, that without pipe fitters in the plant, all pressure vessels and pressurized piping systems have not been inspected or repaired. You must be wary of your surroundings at all times, as these pressure vessels are numerous and encompass all areas throughout the plant. If duties of the job include the opening and closing of valves, we must ensure that they flex easily, and always close with a complete shut off as they are intended to operate. If not, they cannot be used until they are repaired or replaced. If any leaks are detected in any of the piping systems, they must be de-pressurized until necessary repairs can be made. Production can only continue when it is safe.

BE AWARE AND ALWAYS WORK SAFE

In solidarity

Your negotiating team