Some important information for those members affected by the fires in the region.
Recent letter (June 12, 2017) from Dan Will, 3rd Vice President Local 1-2017, to members of Wolverine Mines.
Letter regarding the merger between Locals 1-425 & 1-424, including listing of new Officers.
No matter what side of the border I work on, more and more I hear from right-wing politicians who don’t really have any ideas of their own so they just make things up. Apparently this B.C. election is no different.
For members of USW Local 1-424 Wolverine Employees.
Click the link below to view this important letter from 3rd Vice President, Dan Will.
USW presents cheque for $2,000 from the USW Humanity Fund.
The Charles Howard Webb plaque unveiling was held on Wednesday, December 13th, 2016.
Brother Croy was awarded the IWA Abel Award at the Health, Safety and Environment Conference in Winnipeg in November.
The Plan Office (IWA-Forest Industry Pension & LTD Plans) has created a video about the Plan's transition to a Target Benefit Plan.
Prince George had all of the NDP caucus in town in August for two days for meetings and attending events throughout the City.
Over 2000 people attended this year's event in Prince George.
Schedules and reasonable weather allowed for another BBQ for the membership.
Another successful summer of BBQs comes to an end.
We have a very diverse group of elected Board members... meet the new Board members.
Brian O'Rourke, Rod Park, Dan Will, and Don Iwaskow took the BBQ trailer with all the fixings to our Auto dealership in Smithers.
Our thoughts are with the people of Fort McMurray, Alberta who have been affected by the wild fires.
Mental Health Week, awareness and support from USW Officers and Staff.
Come out and see what's happening on the local and regional job front.
USW 1-424 Wolverine info
IWA Pension commuted value payments appoved
Labour Board Denied Walter Energy Application
July SafeTalk Newsletter
LTD Plan Benefit Improvements Announced
Local Wins LRB section 54 Decision for Wolverine Mine Members
USW/ IWA Local 1-424 Pension Seminar
Don Iwaskow delivers Mayday speech
March SafeTalk Newsletter
Wolverine Employer Requests Adjournment
Update February 24th Wolverine Mine members
Wolverine members update
Jan 26th Presidents Report
New Canada Jobs Fund
December SafeTalk Newsletter
USW Humanity Fund Gives to St Vincent de Paul
Wolverine Mine LRB Ruling
WOLVERINE MINE MEMBERS UPDATE DEC 4
WOLVERINE MINE LRB DECSION
Delegates attending National Health Safety and Enviroment Conference
Important Notice Wolverine Mine Members
Union Appeals Arbitrators Ruling on $500 Living Allowance
Napoleon Won, Larrea and Grupo Mexico Lost
Attention USW Wolverine Mine Members NEW information request
August SafeTalk Newsletter
IMPORTANT UPDATE MEMBERS FROM WOLVERINE MINE
New Board members
Sister Irene Lanzinger Secretary Treasure
June SafeTalk Newsletter
NEW IMPORTANT INFORMATION WOLVERIEN MINE MEMBERS
Hanging Boots Over Highway 97
Members from USW local 1-424 and 425 attend seminar
Letter to members of Wolverine Mine
Wolverine Mine Members Information Page
Local 1-1937 Press Release Shooting At Western Forest Products
128 workers lost their lives 2013 and 1055 across Canada. Today marks a day of mourning for those workers and the thousands injured across Canada.
Government, the forest industry, organized labour and WorkSafeBC have issued the following statement following their March 28 meeting in Vancouver focused on combustible dust and sawmill safety
This year the USW District 3 HSE Committee is pledging to donate a minimum of 100 litres of blood. You can help.
Road To Becoming A Journeymen Millwright
I will forever remember the night April 23rd 2012. Curtis Ducharme Lakeland
Collaboration supports economic development in Quesnel
New Burns Lake Mill construction almost complete, members are now going through orientation and training on use of new equipment
Training completed for 24 Burns Lake Mill Employees
Dates set for Negotiations with West Fraser and Conifer
Interior Forest Workers Vote 66% in favor of New Agreement
MEMORANDUM OF SETTLEMENT BETWEEN CANFOR AND LOCAL 1-424, -1-417 and 1-405
Bargaining Bulletin #21
The results of the Canfor acceptance ballot have been counted, and it is a resounding NO to the memorandum that was reached with the assistance of Mediator Cameron.
Tentative Deal Reached With Canfor
October SafeTalk Newsletter
NEGOTIATIONS END IN KELOWNA – MEDIATION LOOMING
Bargaining Bulletin #14
President Frank Everitt introduces the education instructors for this years two days of courses which covered health and safety
Board members from across the Local Union gathered
Endako Mine Bargaining Committee Asks for Strike Mandate
The officers and staff would like to thank everyone for the solid strike mandate obtained from the Canfor operations.
No Wage Increases Result In Impasse with Canfor
Bargaining Bulletin #9
Sawmill Wood Dust Sampling, Analysis and Explosibility
To All Board Members NOTICE for Aug 17th meeting
Bargaining update for Endako Mines
Health and Safety Report
June 17, 2013
After major lay-offs in 2011 at Louisiana Pacific OSB plant in Dawson Creek
USW BC Interior Bargaining Committee has completed the exchange of bargaining proposals with the four major forest industry employer groups...
Adrian Dix makes stop in Prince George to large rally at airport May 13 2013
PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA - The international president of the province's largest forestry union is wondering how the B.C. Liberal government can claim to be committed
Don Iwaskow USW Local Staff Rep delivers local Union Message
The announcement that Lakeland Mills intends to rebuild the Mill was welcome news to the 100 members in attendance at the official announcement, the media were informed an hour later.
ADM reminder to members and Delegates April 20th, 21st
High level USW 1-207 Sends Thanks
We are all extremely disappointed and share your frustration regarding negotiations between your local and Tolko High level.
It was a full house in Quesnel as the members from Canfor Quesnel listed their wage and benefits demands for the wage and contract conference in April and election of delegates.
United Steelworkers District 3# Wood Council Chair Bob Matters presented Betty Mathews treasurer from the Burns Lake Food Bank a cheque for $20,000 dollars.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jacob (Jake) Bergen of Mission BC, on November the 28th 2012.
As we bring this year to a close and start another, we all hope the road ahead is much brighter and the disasters that we faced with the mill fires, deaths and mill closures will not be repeated.
This has been a horrific year for the local Union members and officers with the two Mill explosions and the untimely deaths of other members as a result of accidents or sickness.
The rebuilding of the Burns lake Mill announced today is the best news possible said Frank Everitt president USW 1-424
Officers and Staff would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season from our family's to yours,
Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year
"This was a great learning experience, enjoyed going everyday"
We hope that everyone has had a good summer and has enjoyed some time off.
WorkSafeBC is currently conducting investigations into the two sawmill explosions that occurred earlier this year in Burns Lake and Prince George.
WorkSafeBC is currently conducting investigations into the two sawmill explosions that occurred earlier this year in Burns Lake and Prince George.
Good morning Sisters and Brothers. Given the tragedies that we have had to report on and deal with this past year I am pleased to say that we have not had any fatalities in our operations since our last Executive board meeting.
GOOD TIMBER, a rollicking musical revue celebrating the life of the lumberjack, comes to Prince George for three shows only.
Canfor Houston was the project of another round of sites visits
The project Coordinator for the Northern Skills Training Pilot will be in attendance at the USW local BBQ
What have american unions ever done for us?
Join us for a BBQ
The United Steelworkers are supporting the report of the BC government's Special Legislative Committee on Timber Supply, which was released today.
Brother Harvey Arcand instructed the Job Steward training on August 18th at the USW office in Houston BC.
At the last Annual General Meeting of USW local 1-424 all local Union operations had their names thrown into a hat for a draw to have the officers go to the lucky sites and provide a BQ for the members of that operation.
The Northern Skills Training Pilot (NST) was funded through a labour market agreement between the Governments of Canada and British Columbia and administered by the Ministry of Jobs and Tourism and Innovation.
Jackie Webert, Mike Wengenmayr, Ranko Mijatovic and Brian Primrose.
For information resulting in the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the theft of the USW sign from the Endako Mine site.
ATTENTION: All Members of USW local 1-424 - message from Frank Everitt, President 1-424.
United Steelworkers Policy Paper, May 2012: 'Raw-Log Exports are Killing BC Jobs.'
New document from WorkSafeBC, under heading 'From Industry':
Wood Dust in Sawmills - Compilation of Industry Best Practices
Sponsored by Homesteader Meats, J.D. Kitchen & Catergin and PG Radiators.
A somber site at Lakeland Mills.
USW members from Lakeland Mills can contact the Northern Skills Training Center at 250-563-7712 for appointment or questions regarding options available through this pilot program, there is NO cost to members for training up skilling or courses through this pilot program. Also check out NST on the USW local 1-424 website
If Members are looking for only Job search or resume assistance you can contact Prince George Work BC Employment Services at 250-596-2517.
DAY OF MOURNING CEREMONIES
Day of Mourning takes on added significance in Local 1-424
Meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm at the Coast Inn of the North for family and spouses.
We've uploaded a number of photos from the recent 2012 AGM.
Watch the video of the presentation of the I.W. Abel Award to Local 1-424.
USW Burns Lake members to review their pension options.
There will be a meeting for Members 50 years of age and over to discuss your pension options and answer any questions you may have. Your pension information will be available as will Pension administrators.
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Place: Island Gospel Fellowship Church, 810 Highway 35, Burns Lake BC
If you have General questions USW Local 1-424 Business Agent Boota Johal will be holding office day every Tuesday from 10 am -5pm at the Sunshine Inn Burns Lake.
The Government Services Employees Union presented a cheque for $10,000 dollars to USW Union Chairperson Sam Tom to help USW members affected by the disaster at Babine Mill in Burns Lake. The support we are receiving from our Union Brothers and Sisters has been overwhelming "Said Frank Everitt President, we can't say enough to all those helping and offering support, the road ahead will be difficult for all those effected and this support is critical for both short and long term.
From left to right: Frank Everitt, Kris Graneau BCGEU Forest Service Chairperson and Burns Lake Firefighter, USW Chairperson Sam Tom, Bruce Disher, Gerald Whitford
The forest industry has been hit with many severe blows over the past couple of years, but no hit has been harder than the recent explosive destruction of the Babine Forest Products plant in Burns Lake.
The people of Burns Lake are not only dealing with the loss of the community’s largest employer, but with the physical, mental, and spiritual scars of the violent destruction of their mill. Workers and the community are also dealing with the tragic loss of two deeply loved community members and fellow employees.
For those of us who work in the sawmill industry the tragedy in Burns Lake hits close to home. We work in plants that have similar hazards. All of us have families that love us and care about us, and sometimes we take it for granted that we have very dangerous jobs. This tragedy could have happened anywhere. All one has to do is to look around the plant that they work at and imagine this tragedy occurring where they work. To see co-workers injured, to see the place that you have been employed at for years suddenly blow up, and to lose coworkers is hard to fathom.
We sometimes get set in our ways working in a sawmill, and we tend to forget that life isn’t our place of employment and what occurs there. Life is our families at home, those who love us, and those who count on us. At the end of the day we all want to get home safe and sound.
The focus of this tragedy should be on the people who lost their loved ones, those who have been injured, and the community of Burns Lake. As union members we should be willing to step up and help out our fellow workers who are hurting and struggling to make sense of all of this.
As you go about your day I hope that you take a moment to pause and consider the families of those who have passed away and those who have been injured and lost their place of employment in Burns Lake. If you are so inclined, pray that their physical, mental, and spiritual scars will be healed, and that they will know the comfort of the love of God at this terrible time.
Please consider donating to the workers and their families who are affected by this tragedy and help support fellow members who are suffering deeply at this time of loss.
Conifex, Fort St. James
WorkSafeBC and our staff across the province want to express our sincere condolences to everyone in Burns Lake regarding the recent tragic accident at the Babine Forest Products Mill on January 20th.
WorkSafeBC investigations staff are currently conducting interviews in Burns Lake regarding the accident and ask that anyone having information that may help the investigation to contact WorkSafeBC Investigations between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays at 1-888-621-7233 to arrange an interview.
In addition, WorkSafeBC has a case management team in place to support injured workers and their families during the acute injury and rehabilitation phase.
To help answer your questions, including who the members of your care team are, what benefits you're entitled to, and rehabilitation and other service offerings, please contact WorkSafeBC's case management team at 1-800-663-6623.
Finally, if you believe you have experienced a workplace injury relating to the recent event and have not yet registered a claim, please contact our Teleclaim Centre to register your claim with a WorkSafeBC staff member at 1 888 WORKERS (967-5377) or #5377 on the Telus, Rogers and Bell mobile networks.
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To the Editor:
On behalf of tens of thousands of Steelworker members in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, I extend our deepest sympathy for the horrific circumstances that have been thrust upon our members, their families and their communities as a result of the explosion at the Babine Forest Products sawmill. We offer heartfelt condolences to the families who may have lost loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the workers who have been injured; we wish all of them a full and speedy recovery.
Our Union's deeply imbedded history in health and safety stems from the ever present danger that is inherent in many of our workplaces. We strive to make them safe so that workers can return home to their families in the same condition as when they left them. When disaster strikes, as it did on Friday, the ripples it spreads reach far and wide. It leaves children and families shattered, workplaces broken and communities devastated. Once the workers have been tended to and their families supported, we urge the government to ensure that the mill is rebuilt and re-opened.
In Northern Ontario we have witnessed the devastation of far too many small communities when the main employer shuts down. All too often in those communities it has been the forestry industry that has left workers and communities behind as the raw logs that use to be milled here are shipped to other countries to be milled and finished. The workers and the Burns Lake community deserve as much as possible to have the pieces of their lives put back together; this means that a mill needs to be re-raised out of the ashes that now smoulder amongst the rubble of the mill.
Unfortunately disasters are not always avoidable. What a government does in the face of it however, is completely in its hands. We are hopeful that in the near future we will see a comprehensive plan that responds to both the immediate needs of these workers and the future needs of this community; one that has a new state of the art mill as part of the Burns Lake landscape. Anything less will be a poor response to the devastation caused by this horrific explosion.
Director, District 6, United Steelworkers
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Prince George – USW local 1-424 has put out the call to all USW local Union operations to make a donation through payroll deduction to assist members and families affected by the explosion and fire at Babine Forest products in Burns Lake BC.
The results of this disaster have shocked everyone in our Union across the Country. The local officers have put together a local team in cooperation with the USW Emergency Response Team members from the International office. Wherever our injured members are sent a USW area Representative will be visiting the member and family to render any support services needed said Frank Everitt President USW local 1-424, this is an unprecedented disaster in our Industry which will require both a short-term and long-term plan towards assistance for those affected. At this time the focus of our efforts are the most emerging needs of our members and families; however we have to also direct our attention to the weeks and months ahead regarding temporary employment opportunities, health care benefits, employment Insurance and long term support for services and counselling that we know will be needed” it will be a long and painful road ahead added Frank Everitt” we have to be persistent in our efforts to lessen the burden on our members their family and community.
For further information,
Frank Everitt President cell 1-250-960-9809
Brian O’Rourke Financial Secretary cell 1-250-960-8583
Notice regarding the explosion at Babine Forest Products.
The B.C. government has formed a partnership with the United Steelworkers Union (USW) to pilot new skills training for its members in the north, with a focus in the areas of forestry and mining.