ICBC Picket lines coming to Trail

ICBC employees at the Trail Claims Centre are expected to join 1,500 members across the province on the picket lines Tuesday.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:In Monday’s Trail Times story “Picket lines coming to Trail,” it was incorrectly reported that the ICBC branch in Trail would be closed today. The office will be open despite the job action.

 

Better get your insurance claims done today, ICBC employees won’t be in the office Tuesday to process them.

Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) employees at the Trail Claims Centre are expected to join 1,500 members across the province on the picket lines Tuesday, according to the union’s website, and won’t be on the job.

Last week the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 378 (COPE 378) announced the members at 55 claims-related ICBC locations including Trail would be taking strike action.

COPE 378 ICBC president David Black said the decision to strike Tuesday was not an easy one.

“These are employees who have been without a contract for over two years,” Black said in a press release.

The strike action may only last one day, said Black.

If you really need a claim taken care of on Tuesday, you could drive to Nelson. The claim’s centre office in the Heritage City has been deemed essential services—with only three employees—and will not be walking the line. However, the Nelson branch centre office will be on strike.

Nearly 1,200 workers will be on strike in the Lower Mainland and the remaining 300 will be in communities throughout the rest of B.C.