Al Bieksa

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Long airport lineups cause public outcry, Abbotsford workers deserve better

Recent long lineups at B.C. airports are causing a public outcry to fix security screening services at the Abbotsford International Airport. Employees of Allied Universal Security, an American company contracted by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to handle security screening at the Abbotsford International Airport, are responsible for pre-board screening of all passengers and non-passengers. Uniformed screening officers are trained to detect hidden weapons, explosives and...

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A Letter from Minister H. Bains

A Letter to Fred Girling- President of SOAR Chapter 3-14   I thank you all for your service and union activism and hope that you are enjoying retirement. I was appointed as Minister of Labour, by Premier Horgan, in 2017 and for a second time in 2020.   As many of you may know, I have been a long-time labour activist and that my journey began as a member of the United Steelworkers at a local sawmill. Thus, being the Minister of Labour for B.C. has truly been an honour for me...

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Workers rally for members of locked out union

NEW WESTMINISTER, B.C. - United Steelworkers union (USW) Local 2009 members who have been locked out of their jobs at UFCW 1518 for over a month are not letting employer tactics drive divides between workers – instead, they’re building solidarity with the members of the union that locked them out. On Saturday, May 14, the 38 locked-out staff will hold a rally supporting all the UFCW 1518 members who aren’t getting the union support they need and deserve because of the...

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Union Staff Locked Out by UFCW 1518

May 2, 2022  B.C. Workers Condemn Union as UFCW 1518 Staff Shore up Support With a Petition Demanding an End to Lockout   BURNABY, British Columbia--( BUSINESS WIRE )-- It’s been three weeks since UFCW 1518 made a shockingly anti-labour decision to lock out its staff now the union’s own rank-and-file members are speaking out against the decision and asking their elected representatives to return to the bargaining table.   “We want to get...

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Employer Locks Out Union Support Staff United Steel Workers local 2009 Begin Picketing Union Head Office NEW WESTMINSTER - Long-standing negotiations broke down between two unions in British Columbia today, April 8, when the employer, UFCW 1518, locked out its staff, who support over 20,000 UFCW 1518 members across the province in their bargaining, mobilizing, and labour disputes.   The locked-out staff are members of the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2009...

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2022 Bob Derby Charity Golf Tournament

The 6th Annual Bob Derby Memorial Charity Golf Tournament, in support of Protein for People, takes place on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at the Pitt Meadows Golf Club. This year will be our first tournament since 2019 as COVID-19 forced us to cancel plans the past two years. We are thrilled to be back, and we are looking forward to an amazing event. This fun-filled, annual outing features 18 holes with driving cart, a driving range warm-up, a BBQ lunch and buffet dinner, and lots of...

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NEW DIRECTIONS: REPORT of the WCB REVIEW 2019 In March 2019, the Honourable Harry Bains, Minister of Labour asked long time advocate Janet Patterson to undertake a review of the workers’ compensation system in British Columbia with direction to assess specific issues. Janet conducted the review with extensive public engagement and consultation. Her final report, New Directions: Report of the WCB Review was released in October 2019, together with her review and recommendations.

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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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