USW Local 1-2017
Suite 100, 1777 3rd Avenue, Prince George, BC, V2L 3G7
Tel: 250.563.7771 | Toll-free: 1.800.565.3641 | Fax: 250.563.0274

USW Local 1-2017
Suite 100, 1777 3rd Avenue, Prince George, BC,
V2L 3G7

Phone Numbers
Tel: 250.563.7771
Toll-free: 1.800.565.3641 
Fax: 250.563.0274
E-mail:

USW Local 1-2017
Suite 100, 1777 3rd Avenue, Prince George, BC, V2L 3G7
Tel: 250.563.7771 | Toll-free: 1.800.565.3641 | Fax: 250.563.0274

USW Local 1-2017
Suite 100, 1777 3rd Avenue, Prince George, BC,
V2L 3G7

Phone Numbers
Tel: 250.563.7771
Toll-free: 1.800.565.3641 
Fax: 250.563.0274
E-mail:

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News

Canfor Independents Chetwynd; Polar And Plateau Sawmills All Reach Impasse In Bargaining With USW; CONIFER Asks USW Back To The Table

POSTED: Jan 25, 2019

Piled Lumber

After one day of bargaining with Canfor Polar and Plateau Sawmills in Prince George on January 23, 2019, as well as one day with Canfor Chetwynd two weeks prior, we have now reached impasse with all three independent Canfor mills.


IFLRA-USW Resume Bargaining Make Some Progress But Talks Stall After Industry Refuses To Respond To Last USW Proposal

POSTED: Jan 20, 2019

At the request of the IFLRA, your bargaining committee returned to the table on January 15, 16 and 17 in Kelowna BC. Despite what can only be described as a frustrating 3 days, your committee continued to work diligently towards concluding a fair collective agreement.


Canfor Independents Bargaining Dates Set - IFLRA Asks USW to Return to The Table

POSTED: Jan 5, 2019

Prior to the break, Canfor, representing the three northern mills – Chetwynd, Polar and Plateau, applied to the BC Labour Relations Board for a ruling on the USW’s recent strike vote of 95% among the three mills that the strike vote and 72-hour notice was illegal.


Bargaining Committee to Reconvene in the New Year

POSTED: Dec 20, 2018

Merry Christmas

Your USW Bargaining Committee continues to work hard for the unionized Forest Industry membership in USW Local’s 1-405 (Cranbrook); 1-417 (Kamloops); 1-423 (Kelowna) and 1-2017 (Prince George and Southern Cariboo) to achieve a fair collective agreement.


USW Successful In Ending Teck’s Random Testing Of Members, Wins Damages

POSTED: Dec 6, 2018

The United Steelworkers has successfully resolved the long-standing random drug and alcohol testing issue at Teck Coal mines in southeastern British Columbia, winning a landmark decision that forced Teck to stop its testing program.


Talks break down between USW; IFLRA; Rotating Job action to begin

POSTED: Nov 19, 2018

The USW Bargaining Committee, representing the USW Locals 1-417 (Kamloops), 1-423 (Kelowna), 1-405 (Cranbrook) and 1-2017 (Prince George), including 2600 members in the south region and 2000 members in the north region, booked out provincial mediator Dave Schaub late Friday night after talks broke down between the two parties.


Attention: Former Wolverine (USW) Members

POSTED: Nov 8, 2018

Unfortunately, due to complications involving necessary documents not being issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in a timely manner, the Union is unable to say exactly when distribution of funds will be made to former Wolverine Mine (Walter Energy) employees.


USW – IFLRA agree to Mediation

POSTED: Nov 8, 2018

The USW Bargaining Committee, representing the USW Locals 1-417 (Kamloops), 1-423 (Kelowna), 1-405 (Cranbrook) and 1-2017 (Prince George) and the IFLRA, representing southern interior forestry employers, have agreed to mediation through the B.C. Labour Relations Board following the inability to agree to a new collective agreement after the groups’ 4th bargaining session that ended last week on Thursday, November 1st.


USW Local 1-2017 Education Oct 20 & 21, 2018

POSTED: Oct 24, 2018

Over 130 members from all parts of the local took part in two days of education.


CONIFER Mills Begin Rotating Strikes

POSTED: Oct 17, 2018

The bargaining committee has started rotating strikes at CONIFER Mills, with the first being Tolko Lakeview, in Williams Lake.


CONIFER Member Companies

POSTED: Oct 6, 2018

As you are aware your Bargaining Committee came to an impasse with CONIFER in negotiations this past Friday. We asked the mediator to book out, and on Wednesday served 72-hour Strike Notice. So effective 8am on Saturday, October 6th, we will be in legal strike position.


Forestry Bargaining Update #8

POSTED: Oct 5, 2018

Further to booking the mediator out earlier this week, USW Local 1-2017 covering all of northern BC, based in Prince George, has issued 72-hour strike notice and will be in a legal strike position at 8 am Saturday, October 6, 2018.


Forestry Bargaining Update #7

POSTED: Oct 2, 2018

Your BC Interior Bargaining Committee sat down with CONIFER member companies for five days of mediation in Prince George this week with the aim of bargaining a fair collective agreement for the Northern Sawmill Workers of USW Local 1-2017. Mediator Dave Schaub was called upon to kick start what can only be characterized as a slow start to bargaining, with meager progress.


Forestry Bargaining Update #6

POSTED: Sep 19, 2018

CONIFER CONTINUES TO DEMAND CONCESSIONS!

Your bargaining committee spent September 17th and 18th continuing to use a common sense approach in an attempt to avoid a strike. What is truly concerning is Conifer’s unwavering position that their concessionary agenda MUST be addressed.


Polley Mine and Parallel BBQ

POSTED: Sep 17, 2018

Steelworkers Local Union 1-2017 brought out the cook trailer for another round of BBQ’s for Polley Mine members, and Parallel 55 members. 


Bargaining to Resume with CONIFER

POSTED: Aug 21, 2018

After receiving a 93% strike mandate from United Steelworkers Local 1-2017 members, your USW negotiating committee will resume bargaining with the Council of Northern Interior Forest Industry Relations (CONIFER).


USW Local 1-2017 Completes Strike Vote

POSTED: Aug 13, 2018

United Steelworkers Local 1-2017 has completed its’ strike vote for operations affiliated with the Council of Northern Interior Forest Industry Relations (CONIFER).


Labor Relations Board Decision in Favour of Mt Polley Workers

POSTED: Jul 25, 2018

On July 10th, 2018, a Labour Relations Board hearing was held between Mount Polley Mining Corporation and USW Local 1-2017. The Local alleged that the Employer breached Section 54 of the Labour Relations Code by failing to give 60 days' notice when it laid off a significant amount of its work force in January and February of 2018.


Conifer Strike Vote

POSTED: Jul 25, 2018

 

Your bargaining committee reconvened with CONIFER on July 23rd in Prince George. Regrettably CONIFER representatives returned to the table unwilling to bargain.