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.
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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.
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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.
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.
September 24, 2019
For Immediate Release
(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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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
International President Leo W. Gerard, Secretary-Treasurer Stan Johnson and
Vice Presidents Carol Landry and Jon Geenen Stepping Down
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
“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 Bargaining
West Fraser Williams Lake Planer
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.
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
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.