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

Urgent - Former Wolverine Mine (Walter Energy) Employees

POSTED: Nov 9, 2020

USW Local 1-2017 is currently looking for the following former Wolverine Mine Members Listed below, that have not collected the awarded severance pay:


Attention: All Hampton Ft. St. James USW Members - Benevolent Fund

POSTED: Apr 21, 2020

All Hampton Ft. St. James USW Member

We hope that this letter finds you and your family is healthy and safe during these unprecedent times of the Covid 19 pandemic.

The Hampton team has been working with us over the past couple of months as there have been a few issues with the initial "benevolent payment".

 

 


USW COVID-19 BC - Federal Government Benefits Portal Open for Applications

POSTED: Apr 7, 2020

 

The application portal to new federal government benefits during COVID-19 is open as of Monday, April 6, 2020.

Below are useful links about the various federal government supports.


USW Guide to Benefits During COVID-19 - British Columbia

POSTED: Mar 26, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

Please review the attached Bulletin supplied by USW District 3 in regards to the COVID-19 and benefits available for workers in British Columbia:

 

Factsheet_BC


POSTPONEMENT of ANNUAL MEETING

POSTED: Mar 13, 2020

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers;

 

Due to the rapid advancement of the COVID-19 Virus the Local Union has made the decision to postpone the Annual Convention of USW Local 1-2017 that was scheduled for April 25 & 26 in Prince George.

Please click on the link to read more.


Attention: All Hampton Ft. St. James USW Members

POSTED: Feb 24, 2020

February 20, 2020                                      

   

Attention: All Hampton Ft. St. James USW Members

The Local Union has met with the new owners of the mill on three different occasions over the last few months to discuss issues such as; plans to rebuild, seniority retention, permanent plant closure, etc.

As you can imagine, the issues are complex.  We have to ensure that the Collective Agreement remains in place and is followed both now and going forward, all while trying to achieve some interim assistance for our members that could be seen as being outside of the Collective Agreement.  And at the same time, trying to ensure that Industry does not view such payments as precedent-setting initiatives.

Although there was no agreement to extend seniority retention beyond the terms of the Collective Agreement, through cooperative discussions with the company they are providing a significant “benevolent payment” to all members at Hampton (formerly Conifex) Ft. St. James.


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.

uploads/Employement%20Opportunities%206.12.19.pdf


Former Wolverine Mine (Walter Energy) Employees - Severance Pay

POSTED: Dec 5, 2019

December 4, 2019

ATTENTION: WALTER ENERGY MEMBERS

RE: WALTER ENERGY SEVERANCE PAY! IT'S HAPPENING!!!!!

The Local Union is happy to share this latest update with all of you.  The Court Appointed Monitor which makes the payments to people that Walter Energy and Wolverine Mine owed money to is starting to process cheques to pay the termination and severance pay that our members are owed.


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.