Your USW Bargaining Committee reconvened with the Council on Northern Interior Forest Employment Relations (CONIFER) in Prince George, BC, on June 26th. For the first time in more than a decade, all BC USW forestry locals, representing more than 17,000 members, stood together in unity at that provincial bargaining table.
Monday June 18th was a busy day at the Bootjack FSR picket line. Our membership turned out in force to welcome President of the BC Federation of Labour (the Fed), Irene Lanzinger. Although it was not planned, it turned out the Sands Bulk Fuel truck arrived just before Irene’s presentation. Due to the very large number of people who were onsite, an escort from the minesite was requested (for safety reasons).
We would like to ask all available/able members to attend the Bootjack picket line on:
Monday, JUNE 18 at 9:00 a.m.
That’s when we will be welcoming the President of the BC Federation of Labour, Irene Lanzinger, as well as representatives from our Union Executive.
Irene Lanzinger, President of the BC Federation of Labour, will be attending the Mount Polley Mine Picket Line in support of USW Local 1-2017 miners currently involved in a lockout/strike.
As our members are no doubt aware, the unionized workforce at Mount Polley Mine continues to maintain picket lines at entry points into the minesite. Unfortunately we have had little choice in this action as the Company started the labour dispute with a lockout at 3 a.m. on the morning of May 23rd.
As most are aware the USW has successfully pattern bargained in BC for more than 60 years. USW members from sites across the southern interior and northern BC submitted resolutions to the wage and contract conference to be reviewed and democratically endorsed as bargaining proposals. After proposals are exchanged your committee meets to decide which employer appears prepared to negotiate a new agreement which will be taken to all employer groups.
At 3:00 a.m. on May 23, 2018, Mount Polley Mine locked out the members of United Steelworkers Local 1-2017. Their purpose? To impose their last offer on USW members – which includes several major concessions.
On the weekend of April 21st and 22nd the new USW Local 1-2017 held their first Annual General Meeting at The Coast Inn of the North, Prince George.
USW Members and Officers Rally in Front of the Ramada in Prince George in support of Unite Here Local 40 members, to demand a fair collective agreement.
On April 4th, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training opened a new Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) program funded under the Workforce Development Agreement.
In the Supreme Court Case with Walter Energy, the Court was petitioned to extend the stay until April 16, 2018.
It’s all about being innovative, provocative and engaging at Resources for Future Generations 2018.
The 4-day scientific program will feature an opening plenary session, as well as themed special sessions throughout the technical program, all of which aim to spark energetic conversation and debate on how to tackle earth’s most pressing challenges.
Read the January President's Report
USW District 3 Director, Stephen Hunt, has publicly released a letter he wrote to BC Environment Minister, Hon. George Heyman
The Interior Wage and Contact Conference for the main forest sector will be held in Kamloops, BC, March 20th to March 21st.
Don and Brian present a $2,000 dollar cheque from the USW Humanity Fund.
A new WOOD MARKETS/FEA Five Year Softwood Lumber Forecast projects continued shifting markets and prices throughout 2018, due to US duties on Canadian Softwood Lumber exports.
On December 13th, 2017 the Union was back at the Supreme Court to deal with the continuing bankruptcy of Walter Energy. There was an extension of the stay until February 28th, 2018.
Two meetings were held in Williams lake to provide information to the members regarding new shifting schedules at the Lakeview operation, Tolko Soda Creek and Tolko Quest in Quesnel.
Everyone took a break from Mount Polley Mine Negotiations to present a cheque to the Salvation Army for $1,000.00.