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:

Plants

News

Employment Opportunities

POSTED: Dec 6, 2019

Employment Opportunities in PRINCE GEORGE, KAMLOOPS, and KELOWNA

The BC Regional Council of Carpenters is seeking individuals interested in working as an Overhead Door Technician.  Please click the link below for more information.

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Conifex Fort St James Overview

POSTED: Nov 15, 2019

The current CONIFEX Sawmill in Fort St. James was first owned and operated by Takla Forest Products. When they started, they employed 350 hourly workers and 40 staff, plus Forestry technicians. The operation consisted of Planers, Studmill, Dimension Mill and Veneer Plant.

 


Forest Workers Support Program Pays Dividends

POSTED: Sep 25, 2019

September 24, 2019

For Immediate Release

FOREST WORKERS SUPPORT PROGRAM PAYS DIVIDENDS

(Prince George, BC) USW Local 1-2017 President Brian O'Rourke expressed surprise and shock at the comments some Interior mayors and others are making regarding the diversion of funding from the Economic Dividends Fund to new Forest Workers Support Programs.


Government outlines New Forest Support Programs

POSTED: Sep 17, 2019

PRINCE GEORGE - The provincial government has announced $69 million to fund a new series of measures aimed at supporting British Columbia forest workers impacted by mill closures and shift reductions in several B.C. Interior communities


Former Wolverine Mine (Walter Energy) Employees - Update

POSTED: Sep 13, 2019

September 13,2019

 

Attention: Former Wolverine Mine (Walter Energy) Employees

 

Please be advised that the Union has learned that distribution of severance pay to affected individuals is in its final stages.


WorkBC - FInding the Right Job Starts Here

POSTED: Sep 10, 2019

Finding the Right Job Starts Here

No Matter what your level of work experience or education, if you're unemployed your local WorkBC Centre is here to help you.

Please review the link below containing further information provided by Work BC.


Visit the IWA Pension Plan Pop-Up Office

POSTED: Aug 21, 2019

Your Pension and LTD Plan Office is heading your way.  Visit the Pop Up Plan Office for a presentation and a  30 minute one-on-one consultation with a Pension Specialist.


Conifex Fort St James - Sale of Mill Bulletin #1

POSTED: Jul 25, 2019

July 23, 2019                                            

TO ALL CONIFEX FT. ST. JAMES USW LOCAL 1-2017 MEMBERS

BULLETIN # 1

 

Re: Sale of Mill

 

The Local Union would like to address the recent announcement of the pending sale of your mill to Hampton Lumber, as well as some of the questions that I have received.


UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING

POSTED: Jun 28, 2019

 

 

On Saturday, June 22, 2019, Local 1-2017 and the Spinal Cord Injury BC supported the United Way of Northern BC in the first ever Multi-Sport Day held at Massich Place Stadium.


Lakeland USW 1-2017 Members - Renewal of the Collective Agreement

POSTED: Jun 7, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To: Lakeland USW Members

 

Re: Renewal of the Collective Agreement

     Just a quick note of appreciation concerning the discussions and feedback from the lunchroom visits on May 22, 23, and 24, 2019, in relation to the proposed MOA.


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;