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

Officers and Staff


USW @ Western Coal - Wolverine Mine, Tumbler Ridge BC

Officers & Staff

Brian O'Rourke President
brian@usw1-2017.ca

Brian started working in the Forest Industry in 1983 employed at Houston Forest Products in Houston BC. He first became involved as Job Steward then Plant Chair Person and Executive Board Member for his operation. In 1997 Brian started working for the Local Union as part-time Business Agent and hired full-time in 1998. Brian represented our membership as a WCB Advocate prior to the 2003 Officers election where he successfully ran and was elected to the position of Financial Secretary for the local Union. In 2015 Brian was elected as the 1st Vice President. He is also Health and Safety Director and sits as a Trustee on Health and Welfare Plans and the IWA Forest Industry Long term Disability Plan.


Paul French 1st Vice President
pfrench@uswa425.ca

Paul French has been an advocate for the local union and the community for over 30 years. While starting his union advocacy in plywood manufacturing as a shop steward, Paul routinely became a voice for workers at the Williams Lake Plywood. Paul worked his way up through a number of levels on the plant committee became a United Steelworkers Local 1-425 Executive Board Member and later their Recording Secretary. From 1994 through to 1996, Paul was the Past Service Representative for the IWA Forest Industry Pension Plan looking after Northern BC, and ran successfully as a Williams Lake City Councilor - an elected position that Paul held for 15 years.


Rod Park 2nd Vice President
rod@usw1-2017.ca

Rod worked in the Forest Industry from 1983 until being hired by the Local Union in 1998. While employed at Tackama Forest Products in Fort Nelson BC, Rod was actively involved on the Plant, Safety and EFAP committees in the operation. Rod has served all areas of our local Union in the past 18 years, including bargaining in areas such as transportation, Automotive and Electrical. Rod is also a Health and Welfare Trustee and represents the Local on Right of Reference matters. Rod continues to play an important role as 2nd Vice and Business Agent with the local union team of officers.


Dan Will 3rd Vice President
dan@usw1-2017.ca

Dan has been with the USW for over 30 year’s serving the membership throughout western Canada as a Staff Rep for the District, responsible for mine negotiations, steward training and handling arbitration cases. Dan was hired as BA for the local Union and has accepted the position of 3rd vice president for the local Union bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team of officers of local 1-424.


Mark Bissat 4th Vice President
mark@usw1-2017.ca

Born and raised in the Cariboo, Mark started working in construction in 1992 and in the forest industry in 1998. At the plant level Mark has served as shop steward, safety committee member, plant committee member, plant committee vice chairperson, and plant committee chairperson. Mark also has served for a number of years as executive board member for the local union and was elected to the position of conductor in 2011. In 2012 Mark accepted the position of forth vice president, the appointment was approved by the local executive board. In 2016 Mark accepted the position of first vice president of the local union. Over the years Mark has participated in training offered by the local union, Canadian labor congress and victory square law office. Serving in his role as vice president Mark has sat at the table as an observer for pattern bargaining for the forest industry in 2013. On June 11, 2017 at the founding convention Mark was elected to the position of forth vice president in the newly formed local 1-2017. Mark is excited to be working with an experienced team of officers and business agents in the newly formed local. Together we are ready to take on the challenges faced by the labor movement.


Linda Faulconer 5th Vice President

Bio coming soon...


Don Iwaskow Financial Secretary
don@usw1-2017.ca

Elected as Plant Chairperson for members at Excel Transportation in 2004 and also served as Board member. Don has been a long time Union activist within the Union both in political action and organizing. He also completed a number of courses at the College on Human Resources training. Before his appointment was approved at the local executive board he completed five months of Business agent training also workers WCB advocate trainee. Don brings a strong commitment to the team. Don was elected to the position as Financial Secretary for the local Union


Rhonda Armstrong Recording Secretary

Rhonda is from Houston and completed her apprenticeship and is now a ticketed electrician at Canfor Houston. Rhonda has participated in training offered by the Union and completed courses in taking proper meeting minutes, steward training and bargaining skills. Rhonda has served as warden on the plant committee also held the positions as recording secretary and 2nd vice chairperson. Rhonda accepted the position as recording secretary for the local union her appointment was ratified by the executive board on June 17th 2013.


Jessica Garreau Warden


Sushil Thapar Conductor


 

Trustees

Surinder Bhatti

Don Malchow

George Matias

Office Staff

Michelle Kirouac -

Administration

Tamara Brown -

Administration/Bookkeeping

Lynda Fisher

Administration