Al Bieksa

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Purpose This document is intended to give clarity to mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies and the issues most frequently raised by USW Local 2009 members. Members have the right to understand the law as it currently stands, including the possible consequences of their choices, whether or not they believe that those consequences are fair. Members should make decisions in light of the most accurate information that you are able to access. Workplace Mandatory Vaccine Policies Employers...

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The ability of workers to collectively organize is a fundamental right, which has been rightly recognized by Canada's Constitution specifically the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. USW Local 2009 says that it’s time to restore fairness and balance after 16 years of the BC Liberals tilting the laws in favour of employers. The BC Liberal government altered the Code to require working people to choose a union twice:  first, by signing a membership card with a certified...

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 28, 2021 On behalf of our Officers and our staff, we want to take the time today to acknowledge the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation taking place on September 30. As part of our commitment to the spirit of truth and reconciliation, we are observing this day by closing our office. While our admin staff will be off, the Officers/Servicing Representatives will be available to respond by phone or e-mail with any situations that arise. Some of our sites will have...

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The Government of BC announced on August 23rd that starting Sept. 13, 2021, proof of vaccination will be required in B.C. for people attending certain social and recreational settings and events. This step is intended to continue to increase the vaccination rate across the province and provide confidence to fully vaccinated people that those around them are also fully vaccinated. There is a similar confidence needed in workplaces USW Local 2009 realizes that the COVID-19 crisis is not over.

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JOIN OUR UNION-The time is now!


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Labour Day, the first Monday in September, has been a statutory holiday in Canada since 1894. It marks the unofficial end of summertime fun and a day when thousands of people gather across British Columbia for their final big barbecue festivities.  Labour Day has evolved into a holiday about relaxing with friends and family, and that has led to the origins of Labour Day getting somewhat lost in celebratory events devoted to leisure activity and family time.   It is...

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MAKING IT PUBLIC AGAIN USW Local 2009 welcomes the BC Government’s announcement to bring many of our cleaning and dietary health care workers back into BC hospitals. The BC NDP made a number of important commitments in the last election campaign including bringing contracted out hospital housekeeping and dietary workers back under the direct employment of health authorities. Your Union representatives have been fighting for many months urging the government to act. We continued to...

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Letter to Government Re:Old Growth Technical Advisory Panel

Honourable Katrine Conroy                                                                                   Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development   P.O. Box 9049, STN Provincial Government Victoria, BC V8W 9E2...

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Workers at Chances Casino Abbotsford Locked Out

On June 14th, after 16 months of casino shut downs, Playtime Gaming Chances in Abbotsford has issued lock out notice to all its employees because they would not agree to an inferior collective agreement that slashed benefits and offered mostly minimum wages. Instead of preparing for a potential re-opening in the first week of July the employer has chosen to leverage their advantage to get a long term concessionary agreement from their employees. Why not? Gateway Casinos can afford to wait it...

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The trustees of the IWA–Forest Industry LTD Plan have approved changes to the   LTD trust agreement   and the   LTD plan text   to align long term disability (LTD) coverage to weekly indemnity coverage. Effective July 1, 2021, employees will start contributing and participating in the LTD plan at the same time they become eligible for weekly indemnity coverage under an Industry Health and Welfare Plan. For most, that means employees start contributing to the...

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