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On September 9, 2015 Canfor announced to the members at Canal Flats Sawmill that they were going to close the operation permanently November 9, 2015. 70 Unionized positions are affected bringing the total as a result of the initial mass layoff May 4, 2015 to 170 jobs. The impact will be far reaching across the Columbia Valley and devastating to our members and the village of Canal Flats. USW 1-405's bulletin is here. Media on the closure is from the Daily Townsman, Daily Bulletin, East Kootenay Online, and the Vancouver Sun.
USW Local 1-405 Newsletter with Election Results from the recent election for the positions of president and 1st Vice President are here (IFLRA covered mills by the Southern Interior Master Agreement - Galloway and Atco Wood Products) and here (all other independents - Canfor, LP Golden, Interfor, Stella Jones).
USW Local 1-405 held their Annual Delegated Meeting May 9, 2015 at the Kimberley Training and Conference Centre at Kimberley Alpine Resort. Over 65 delegates, members and guests attended the meeting to debate submitted resolutions, hear different speakers as well as conducting the local election of officers. It is also the second year that the annual steward school/training has been attached to the event. Participation rates by the membership are up substantially, enabling more members and stewards to enjoy more training prior to our Annual Delegated Meeting.
The Kootenay Steward - USW 1-405's quarterly newsletter - has all of the details of the ADM and Steward School. Also included are the bios of four candidates running for key officer positions. A copy of the newsletter can be found here.
Ballots, ballot boxes, notices and instructions have gone out to all of the sub-locals and the various balloting committees or plant committees that will be conducting the ballot over the next few weeks in the plants and workplaces. The ballots will be returned to the office no later than Friday, June 12, 2015. The ballot for President and 1st Vice President will be counted by appointed Local Union balloting committee - Gail Goyer - KSCU; Rob Honeyman - KAR; Rick Loewen - NDCU; on June 15, 2015. Installation of officers and swearing-in of the new Executive Board will take place June 20, 2015 at the regular Executive Board Meeting.
Pictured l-r; Rob Honeyman – Kimberley Ski Resort, Alison Lafortune – City of Kimberley, Heather Smith – Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank, Cathy Oscarson – Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank; Marie-Helene Labonte - Golden Special Olympics, Courtenay Janes - LP Golden.
USW Local 1-405 members Rob Honeyman , Alison Lafortune and Courtenay Janes present a cheque for $3000 each to the Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank and the Golden Special Olympics. The donation is by the Steelworkers Humanity Fund, which derives donations from $0.01/hour worked from over 1200 Local 1-405 Steelworker members into the fund. For the Steelworker Humanity Fund’s 30th Anniversary it was announced that $30,000 would be donated across District 3 (Western Canada). Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank, along with the Golden Women’s Resource Center, the Golden Chapter of the Special Olympics, the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Center and the Fernie Food Bank (USW Local 9346 - Sparwood donations) all received $3,000 each from the Steelworker Humanity Fund. The fund also helped with the devastating flooding in Southern Alberta last year as well as the recent earthquake in Nepal.
USW Local 1-405 Women of Steel Committee members Krista Sander (right) Denise Derbyshire (middle) from LP Golden present a cheque for $3000 from the USW District 3/Humanity Fund 30th Anniversary donation to Melanie Myers (left) of the Golden Women's Resource Center.
USW Local 1-405 Quarterly Newsletter is once again being published. The first edition is here and contains some important information and facts about the IWA Forest Industry Pension Plan that covers over 1000 of USW Local 1-405's 1300 members.
This is devastating news to our members at Canal Flats, many of which live in the village or commute from surrounding communities Kimberley, Cranbrook and Invermere. The Local Union is working towards trying to mitigate the affect to our members at Canal Flats.
More information can be found here and a press release is here .
USW members Cheryl Buday, Lori Terhune and Nancy Justason from the Heritage Credit Union in Castlegar stopped by the picket line of CUPE 2262 City of Castlegar workers December 15 to show support and solidarity for the striking CUPE members who have been on the picket line for five weeks. The City of Castlegar refuses to return to the negotiating table to restart talks. USW Local 1-405 supports the 35 members of CUPE 2262 looking for a fair settlement of the dispute.
Pictured Above - USW Local 1-405 President Doug Singer presents Cranbrook Food Bank Director and Warehouse Manager Brian Smith with a cheque for $1500 from the USW Humanity Fund. The Humanity Fund is an audited fund created by the members of the United Steelworkers in Canada of which those members who participate donate $0.01/hour worked to the fund annually. The fund supports important charities in USW communities across Canada. USW Local 1-405 has over 1200 of its members contributing to the fund. Last year the Cranbrook Food Bank was included on the donation list and this year the Community Harvest Food Bank in Castlegar was added to the Humanity Fund's list of Canadian Food Banks that are supported. More information on the USW Humanity Fund can be found here.
USW Local 1-405 held their annual Safety School at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook October 25-26. It was the largest school in the past five years in terms of attendance as 42 members from across Local 1-405 participated in the weekend Bullying and Harassment Workshop presented by Al Bieksa and Jackie Spain of the BC Federation of Labour.
BC Fed Instructor Al Bieksa and Jackie Spain (above right) instruct their respective classes on Bullying and Harassment in the workplace at COTR over the weekend of October 25-26, 2014.
The USW 1-405 Women of Steel Committee raised over $1200 for three local charities recently with the Samsung Tablet draw along with the 50/50 draw during our recent Safety School.
The Winner of the Samsung Tablet: Laura Maher of LP Golden
Winner of $168.50 - Safety School 50/50: Shirley Kerkhoven of the Kimberley Alpine Resort
Three Local Charities will split the proceeds of the draws:
Castlegar Food Bank - $500
Canal Flats Food Bank - $320
Cranbrook Women's Resource Center - $320
TOP LEFT - The USW Local 1-405 W.O.S. Committee donate $320 to the Cranbrook Women's Resource Center. (l-r) Women of Steel Committee members Veronica Tanner and Michelle Strickland present to Denise Stewart and Gwen Noble of the Cranbrook Women's Resource Center.
TOP RIGHT - USW Local 1-405 W.O.S. Committee member Jocelyn Rice presented a cheque for $320 to Karen Flowers and Roxanne Gauthier of the Canal Flats Food Bank.
ABOVE - Cheryl Buday (left, Heritage Credit Union) along with Chris Mota (HG Insurance) present Deb McIntosh of the Castlegar Community Harvest Food Bank a cheque for $500.
ABOVE - Krista Sander (LP Golden) presents Laura Maher of LP Golden with the Samsung Tablet. Laura won the Women of Steel Committee fundraiser that helped raise money for the Castlegar Food Bank, Canal Flats Food Bank as well as the Cranbrook Women's Resource Center.
In addition to the $500 raised for the Golden Women's Resource Center and $300 for the Cranbrook Food Bank last spring, in the past year the USW Local 1-405 W.O.S. Committee has raised almost $2000 for local charities.
USW 1-405 and W.O.S. Committee would like to thank all of our members throughout all of our operations who purchased tickets and contributed to these great causes.
USW 1-405 Women of Steel (above) joined the picket line in support of BC Teachers at Pinewood and Mt Baker schools in Cranbrook June 20. The USW W.O.S. are Veronica Tanner (co-chair), Cheryl Buday (co-chair - Heritage Credit Union Castlegar), Jocelyn Rice (Canfor - Canal Flats), Chris Mota (HG Insurance - Castlegar), Krista Sander (LP - Golden), Cassidy Stevens (Trickle Creek Lodge - Kimberley), Michelle Strickland (EKCCU - Cranbrook), Beki Christensen (Canfor - Canal Flats) and Denise Darbyshire (LP - Golden). You can see a video report from USW Local 9346 coverage of the protest in front of the Heritage Inn in Cranbrook July 10 during Premier Christy Clark's visit, here.
United Steelworkers Local 1-405 condems the actions of the BC Government in the negotiations with Teachers. Clearly by not negotiating on the major issues after losing 2 court cases the government is trying to provoke a strike which the judge in the 2nd case indicated they were guilty of.
The government needs abide by the law and negotiate a fair collective agreement and stop hurting kids.
Doug Singer - President USW Local 1-405.
USW Local 1-405 held their 9th Annual Delegated Meeting (ADM) May 10, 2014 at the Kimberley Conference and Training Center in Kimberley at the Kimberley Alpine Resort. The day-long conference attracted 35 delegates from across the local union along with 18 Executive Board members and Officers of the Local Union and 4 fraternal guests.
This year the Officers decided to take a different approach with our annual spring conference and training session. Traditionally the Job Steward School took place on a weekend in June at the College of the Rockies while the ADM is held on the first weekend of May. This year, with a great facility at the Kimberley Alpine Resort in the Kimberley Conference and Training Center and Trickle Creek Lodge right beside it, the Local Union turned the two events into one three day event in which Stewards arrived in Kimberley for two full days of training, Thursday and Friday May 8-9. Four courses were offered - Stewards in Action Level 1&2, Conflict in the Workplace and Communication. 64 members took advantage of the training, almost doubling the participation level from last year.
Most of the attendees to the Steward training were also delegates to the Annual Delegated Meeting held on May 10 at the convention center.
Convention action by delegates saw 22 resolutions debated at the meeting including a Local Union Bylaw change (see below) as well as speeches by former Local Union President Bob Matters and former IWA Vice-President and current consultant for the W.E. Group, Harvey Arcand.
Also on the agenda was a presentation by the Executive from USW Local Union 9346 Sparwood (Elkview) on the current Temporary Foreign Worker issue in BC and across Canada and its effects on our society as a whole.
Former IWA Vice-President and current W.E. Consultants Rep Harvey Arcand addresses the convention
Passed at the ADM was one Local Union Bylaw change concerning Section 14.4 (v) Lost Time Wages and Expenses - Mileage. Notices have gone out to the operations and changes will be made according to Local Union By-Laws and the International Constitution. A copy of the by-law change that has gone out to the operations is here .
Elected to the USW International Convention in Las Vegas, NV in August were 3 delegates along with one officer. 4 delegates were also elected for the USW National Safety Conference in Toronto in October.
Up for election was one Local Union Trustee position. Nominated was the incumbent, Liz Barisoff of Heritage Credit Union, along with Holly Anderson of Interfor Castlegar. Ms. Anderson has since dropped out of the race and Ms. Barisoff assumed the position by acclimation.
Three members of the Cranbrook Rocky Mountain Bandits Baseball club pose with the new USW sign at Confederation Park in Cranbrook. The Bandits play American Legion Baseball Ages 15-19 in the Northwest Montana State American Legion Division.
Here's some insightful reading on the role, impact and history that unions have had on today's society. That article, written by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, is here .
IT PAYS TO BE UNION!
USW Local 1-405 encourages all members to frequent UNIONIZED businesses, especially within the service industry in their respective areas with our Local.
Whether it be skiing at Kimberley Alpine Resort (above), banking needs at any one of our unionized Credit Unions: (Nelson and District Credit Union in Nelson, Rossland and Crawford Bay; Heritage Credit Union in Castlegar and Slocan Park; Kootenay Savings in Kimberley and EKCCU in Cranbrook, Fernie or Elkford), your insurance needs (Kootenay Insurance Services; Cranbrook, HG Insurance; Castlegar) or if you need a room for the night - Trickle Creek Lodge (also above) in Kimberley and Fireside Inn in Castlegar - patronizing these businesses helps our members.
For our members living in the Cranbrook area, Kootenay Insurance Services (KIS) in Cranbrook are offering a 10% Discount for USW 1-405 members on Home, Condo and Tenant Insurance. Please see the details here.
For our members living in the West Kootenay, HG Insurance is now the parent company of W.E. Insurance. W.E. Insurance is a wholly unionized insurance agency that specializes in providing a variety of Group Insurance Discounts and other benefits for all union members’ Homes, Recreational Vehicles, and Boats. W.E. Insurance represents a number of different insurance companies.
Please visit HG Insurance and/or W.E. Insurance for all the details.
When you buy, buy UNION!
The tentative dates for various meetings/schools in 2015 are as follows:
Officers' Meetings Executive Board Meetings
January 22, 2016 (Friday) January 23, 2016 (Saturday)
April 15, 2016 (Friday) April 16, 2016 (Saturday)
June 10, 2016 (Friday) June 21, 2016 (Saturday)
October 14, 2016 (Friday) October 15, 2016 (Saturday)
Local 1-405 Annual Delegate Meeting - Saturday May 7, 2016 - Kimberley Alpine Resort
Local 1-405 Annual Job Steward School - Thurs-Fri, May 5-6, 2016 - Kimberley Alpine Resort
Local 1-405 Annual Safety School - Sat-Sun, November 7-8, 2015 - Local Union Hall
The IWA Forest Industry Pension Plan Website has a wealth of information for members who are close to retirement, faced with a closure or just would like to find out more information on their pension. Please take a moment to visit the site.
Forestry Members - BlueNet Card - For more information for our members covered under the Southern Interior Health and Welfare Plan.
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