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

USW Announces Changes in Leadership

POSTED: May 29, 2019

USW Announces Changes in Leadership

International President Leo W. Gerard, Secretary-Treasurer Stan Johnson and

Vice Presidents Carol Landry and Jon Geenen Stepping Down


IFLRA Choose to Final Offer USW Committee Instead of Negotiate

POSTED: May 17, 2019

BC INTERIOR USW WOOD COUNCIL 2009

IFLRA Chooses to Final Offer USW Committee Instead of Negotiate

 

USW Locals 1-417, 1-423 and 1-405 spent May 15th and May 16th at the bargaining table attempting to negotiation in good faith with the IFLRA to conclude a collective agreement for the Southern Interior forest industry.


Tolko Questwood Announces Permanent Closure

POSTED: May 15, 2019

Tolko Questwood Announces Permanent Closure

“USW Members at Questwood in Quesnel, were dealt a devastating blow on May 10th when Tolko announced the permanent closure of that operation which will be taking place in August”, said Local President Brian O’Rourke.


USW Local 1-2017 2nd Annual Convention

POSTED: May 7, 2019

 

        The 2nd Annual Convention of USW 1-2017 was held on the weekend of April 27 and 28th, 2019 at the Ramada, Prince George.  Over 125 members from our vast geographical local began the weekend with an informative and entertaining education seminar “Investigations and Interrogations, Representing Members” on Saturday by Craig Bavis of Victory Square Law.  

USW Local 1-2017 Bargaining West Fraser Williams Lake Planer UPDATE

POSTED: May 6, 2019


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West Fraser Williams Lake Planer

UPDATE

 

Following the rejection of the Memorandum of Agreement reached with CONIFER by the USW membership at the West Fraser – Williams Lake Planer; The USW 1-2017 Bargaining Committee met with West Fraser along with the spokesperson from CONIFER on May 6, 2019 in Williams Lake.

 


Temporary Curtailments at Conifex Fort St James and Mackenzie

POSTED: May 3, 2019

Dear Conifex Partners,

As you know, we continue to face an unprecedented combination of continued fibre supply challenges in the BC Interior and low lumber prices.


B.C. Government opens New Inquiry into 2012 Forestry Mill Explosions

POSTED: May 3, 2019

B.C. Government opens New Inquiry into 2012 Forestry Mill Explosions

Steve Hunt was never satisfied with how the agency responsible for protecting workers in British Columbia conducted itself when two sawmills exploded in the span of months, killing four workers and seriously injuring dozens more.


Forest Industry Bargaining to Resume April 10, 2019

POSTED: Apr 8, 2019

USW Local 1-2017 recently concluded the ratification votes for thirteen (13) operations covered by the CONIFER Memorandum of Agreement reached February 13th in Prince George. Four (4) of the operations have rejected that proposal for various reasons.


Letters to the Members of Walter Energy (Wolverine Mine)

POSTED: Apr 8, 2019

As most of you know, we have not sent a letter out for awhile.  The reason for that is we have not had anything new to say on when we can expect our money to be paid.

The last court date was held on February 25, 2019.  I am told that discussions are still on going with Revenue Canada to provide some information on outstanding tax issues.


Tenative Agreement reached with Canfor Polar, Chetwynd and Plateau

POSTED: Feb 21, 2019

A Tentative Agreement was reached for Canfor Polar, Chetwynd and Plateau on February 19th, 2019.  It provides a fair wage increase to our membership, significant improvements to benefits and contractual language, see below for details;


Tenative Agreement reached with Conifer

POSTED: Feb 21, 2019

The tentative agreement reached with CONIFER in Prince George on February 13, 2019, provides a fair wage increase to our membership.


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.