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MANDATORY VACCINATION POLICIES

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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CELEBRATING LABOUR DAY

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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REPATRIATION-MAKING IT PUBLIC AGAIN

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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CHANGES TO IWA PENSION & LTD PLANS

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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CALL for CANADIAN LABOUR CONGRESS CONVENTION (Virtual)

Canadian Labour Congress Convention   JUNE 16, 2021  -  JUNE 18, 2021   Ken Neumann, Canadian Director has put out a call to all USW local union leaders, activists and staff. We are advised that our Union is working to bring together a strong USW delegation so we can vote together for the next team of CLC leaders and support resolutions to make the CLC more democratic and representative.   The Executive Board at the meeting in May approved the...

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BASIC STEWARD TRAINING

One-day Basic Steward Workshops (online format)   June 24th, 2021. 9:00 am -  4:30pm   As you may be aware, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, USW2009 has temporarily moved some of our key education sessions to an online format.  We are scheduling Introductory Basic Stewards workshops   designed to offer information, skills and tools for members who are active, or interested in becoming active, shop stewards at their worksite. Here is a preview of...

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Al Bieksa Re-elected as President of Local 2009

May 14, 2021 -To Members of Local 2009 We are thankful for all our members that participated in our local election for the first time through electronic voting. We recognize that this was a different election cycle from what you have been used to, but with safety protocols and restrictions we felt it appropriate and safe for you the members to vote electronically. The election was conducted through Intellivote with just over 500 members participating in the process. This election was...

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