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

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.


On The Line #6 - To All Mt. Polley Members

POSTED: Jul 23, 2018

Your bargaining committee, the company bargaining committee and Labour Board Mediator Dave Schaub met in Williams Lake on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 17th and 18th. These meetings proved to be very productive with agreement being reached on the majority of outstanding issues.


On The Line #5 - To All Mt. Polley Members

POSTED: Jul 16, 2018

Our breach of Section 54 case at the BC Labour Board has resulted in an award for damages to Mount Polley Employees who were laid off in January and February of 2018. The Board has ruled that the Employer make whole any Employees who lost wages as a result of the company’s failure to give 60 days’ notice in advance of layoff. All Employees who were laid off or forced to bump to lower wage rate classifications within 60 days of December 29, 2017 should be paid for their losses.


On The Line #4 - To All Mt. Polley Members

POSTED: Jul 16, 2018

On Thursday, June 21st and Friday, June 22nd, your bargaining committee traveled to Vancouver for meetings with the Company’s bargaining committee and Labour Mediator Dave Schaub.
We were hopeful that there would be a way to move forward with negotiations but, unfortunately, after two days of meeting, negotiations broke off abruptly as a result of differences in positions on the issue of use of Temporary employees doing bargaining unit work.


USW Provincial Forestry Bargaining Process Updates 2

POSTED: Jul 16, 2018

Bargaining resumed on July 3rd in Prince George, BC. Your USW Committee showed up with a new framework document prepared to work towards concluding an Agreement. Regrettably CONIFER was unable to engage advising us lengthy caucus time would be required prior to any meaningful response.


Mount Polley (Imperial Metals) Mine Lockout

POSTED: Jul 11, 2018

USW Local 1-2017 would like to remind the general public that USW members have legal picket lines set up at Bootjack Rd, Gavin Lake Rd. and the “Ditch Road”.


Solidarity Card to Mt. Polley from Vancouver

POSTED: Jul 11, 2018

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BC - USW Forestry Locals Unite for Bargaining

POSTED: Jun 28, 2018

USW Bargaining Committee

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.


On The Line #3 - To All Mt. Polley Members

POSTED: Jun 21, 2018

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).


On The Line #2 - To All Mt. Polley Members

POSTED: Jun 17, 2018

Mount Polley Lockout

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 to Attend Mount Polley

POSTED: Jun 16, 2018

Irene Lanzinger Speaking at 2018 AGM

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.


On The Line - To All Mt. Polley Members

POSTED: Jun 13, 2018

Workers Locked Out at Mt. Polley Mine

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.


USW Provincial Forestry Bargaining Process Updates

POSTED: May 30, 2018

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.