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MEET TOM CONWAY

Thomas M. Conway International President Thomas M. Conway was elected by the International Executive Board to succeed retiring International President Leo W. Gerard as leader of the United Steelworkers (USW), the largest industrial union in North America, effective July 15, 2019. Previously, Conway served as International Vice President (Administration), a position he held since March 1, 2005, when he replaced Andrew “Lefty” Palm, who retired. Conway was re-elected four times,...

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Interfor Bargaining Update 4

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Interfor Bargaining Update 3

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Interfor Bargaining Update 2

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JAIL TIME

 JAIL TIME AND FINES ARE ALWAYS ON THE TABLE FOR WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY VIOLATIONS June 3, 2019 Ontario (Labour) v. New Mex Canada Inc., 2019 ONCA 30 The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) sets the rules that businesses in Ontario must follow to ensure the health and safety of their workers. It also sets the penalties that apply when these rules are broken. These penalties can be significant, including fines of up to $1.5 million per offence for corporations, plus...

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2019 ANNUAL BBQ

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INTERFOR BARGAINING

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USW Announces Changes in Leadership

USW Announces Changes in Leadership May 29, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 29, 2019 (Pittsburgh) – The United Steelworkers (USW) union today announced changes in its leadership as a result of a series of retirements, including USW International President Leo W. Gerard, Secretary-Treasurer Stan Johnson and Vice Presidents Carol Landry and Jon Geenen.   The union’s International Executive Board (IEB) passed a resolution approving the plan and the transition,...

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Advice to Unit Presidents/Stewards about Accommodations

Advice about Accommodations What does the law say about workplace accommodations for individuals with disabilities? Workplace discrimination and harassment on the basis of any of the “prohibited grounds” listed specifically in the BC Human Rights Code are illegal.  “Disability” is one of the prohibited grounds.  While the discussion below focuses on the rights of individuals with disabilities, there are other prohibited...

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WORKERS COMPENSATION SYSTEM REVIEW

The British Columbia government is committed to shifting the existing workers’ compensation system to better support injured workers and to increase the confidence of workers and employers in the system. READ ANNOUNCEMENT An independent review is underway to advise government on how to shift the workers’ compensation system to become more worker-centered. The review is being led by retired labour lawyer Janet Patterson, who was appointed in April 2019. The review will...

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