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IWA Pension Plan - Flavelle Sawmill closure

In response to the recently announced Aspen Planers - Flavelle Sawmill closure, pension specialists from the IWA–Forest Industry Pension & LTD Plan Office will be available for one-on-one phone and video consultations with affected members October 7 – 9.  This will give you a chance to speak with a pension specialist to understand how your job loss affects your credited service in the IWA–Forest Industry Pension Plan and what options you have going forward. ...

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FLAVELLE CLOSURE   What terrible news! Why is the mill closing? Was this avoidable? Is this an example of lack of fibre supply or poor forest management? Who are the victims in all of this?   You will be surprised by the answers?  Not what you will expect!  Read on.   The Company gave the Union and the employees formal notice on August 25 that the Flavelle Sawmill in Port Moody will cease operation on October 31, 2020.  Flavelle operates under the AP...

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Company Without Conscience Alaskan Copper’s announcement to close the Coquitlam facility is without conscience. They announced to employees and the Union on May 29, 2020 that they had sold their vast property on North Rd, Coquitlam to Translink. The result was that the operations was closing over the following few months. The company claimed their decision was a reflection of metal market conditions, issues resulting from COVID-19, and scant opportunities to acquire an equivalent...

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USW 2009 and CIPA reach impasse.

   On June 17 and 18 your bargaining committee resumed negotiations with the Employer in attempt to reach a fair and equitable tentative agreement that addresses the needs of our members. In an attempt to expedite the process and get to an agreement the bargaining committee offered a package to the Employer that represented very close to our bottom line. After much back and forth and many explanations why the remaining proposals were of vital importance to our members, the Employer...

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Happy Injured Workers Day! Every year on June 1st injured workers, their families, friends, labour unions and other progressive justice seeking groups gather around Canada to call for drastic changes to their Provinces and Territories Workers Compensation programs. Although this is just one day of the year highlighted to bring attention to the trials and tribulations injured workers and their families face, their struggle is constant and story of injustice is all too common. This day of...

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Dear CIPA USW Members, We understand that rumours have surfaced at CIPA alleging that our union is abandoning its members. Clearly management underestimates the intelligence of our members, thinking that misleading our members will take away support for our union just as we are about to resume bargaining for an improved collective agreement.   Yes bargaining! You all remember what has happened in bargaining so far? Let us refresh your memory.   On December 20, 2019, your...

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More Financial Aid for Members As the pandemic extends for a longer period of time, our members may be entitled to more financial aid to help them cope with these unprecedented times.   B.C. EMERGENCY BENEFIT FOR WORKERS   Members may qualify for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers, a tax-free, one time $1,000 payment for B.C. residents whose ability to work has been affected due to COVID-19.   If you are eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and...

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On April 28th we stand together as workers of the world and reflect on all of those workers who lost their lives or their health because of their workplace. And then we ruminate about how we failed to protect them and what we need to do moving forward to prevent more deaths and injuries. At 11:00 am on April 28th we observe a moment of silence and remember; we remember all workers stricken with workplace illness, suffering injuries or killed on the job we remember the children left...

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A PROMISE TO EMPLOYERS: If you do not take COVID-19 seriously and investigate all potential occupational exposures and develop an exposure control plan, it is possible that you can be prosecuted for criminal negligence and spend the rest of your life in jail. If you do not heed warnings from the Union, if you cancel Health & Safety meetings, if you fail to investigate and provide effective preventive measures, if you fail to provide proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and just...

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The Union has supplied Face Shields to our Screening Officers at Abbotsford Airport. We urge Screening Officers to wear them any time whenever the 2 Metre safe distancing cannot be accomplished.  It is extremely important that you disinfect them properly after each use. Yesterday additional members received layoff notices effective April 30 th , 2020.  That brings our total at YXX to 22. In the layoff letter there was information on benefits that are nor correct.  This is...

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