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Pictured Above - Jeff Bromley – USW Local 1-405 Financial Secretary, Gerry Oviatt – Cranbrook Food Bank Manager, Doug Wood – USW Local 1-405 1st Vice-President.
Cranbrook Food Bank Manager Gerry Oviatt is presented with a $1500 donation by the United Steelworkers (USW) Humanity Fund. The USW Humanity Fund is a nationally registered charity based on the donation of USW members of $0.01/hour worked or about $20/year on average by USW members across Canada and over 1200 USW Local 1-405 members in the East and West Kootenays. Food Banks in Cranbrook, Castlegar, Trail, Sparwood and Elkford in the East and West Kootenays are currently supported by the USW Humanity Fund and the 5000 members from six USW locals across the Kootenays, with the list growing every year. The USW Humanity Fund’s mandate, among supporting many worthy causes each year, is to combat poverty, hunger and strife in our Canadian communities.
More information on the USW Humanity Fund can be found here.
The tentative dates for various meetings/schools in 2017 are as follows:
Officers' Meetings Executive Board Meetings
January 20, 2017 (Friday) January 21, 2017 (Saturday)
April 7, 2017 (Friday) April 8, 2017 (Saturday)
June 9, 2017 (Friday) June 10, 2017 (Saturday)
October 13, 2017 (Friday) October 14, 2017 (Saturday)
Local 1-405 Annual Delegate Meeting - Saturday May 6, 2017 - Kimberley Alpine Resort
Local 1-405 Annual Job Steward School - Thurs-Fri, May 4-5, 2017 - Kimberley Alpine Resort
Local 1-405 Annual Safety School - Sat-Sun, November 4-5, 2017 - College of the Rockies
Delegates are elected at the various sub-local meetings for your operation in the Spring. Delegates for the Wage and Contract Conference for the Forest Industry Operations (Master Agreement/Independents) will also be elected at a special meeting(s) at a date to be determined in the Fall of 2017. The Wage and Contract Conference will be tentatively scheduled for February of 2018.
UPDATE: Trickle Creek Resort reaches tentative agreement with USW. The USW Bargaining Committee for Trickle Creek Lodge reached a tentative 3-year deal with Resorts of the Canadian Rockies in early January. Ratification and details are here and here .
Kimberley Alpine Resort ratifies 3-year deal - UPDATE - The USW membership at the Kimberley Alpine Resort ratified a new 3-year deal on Saturday. The bulletin is here .... The USW and the Kimberley Alpine Resort (Resorts of the Canadian Rockies) reached a tentative agreement December 1. Ratification meetings will take place December 14 at the resort. Please see the Bargaining Bulletin and press release .
River Butte/Brisco Wood Preservers - Following an application under Section 55 of the BC Labour Code and the assistance of a mediator, the parties failed to come to a first collective agreement. After 72-strike notice was issued, the employer issued a Final Offer Vote. The contentious vote was protested by the Union after it was discovered that workers who were not members of the union and eligible to vote, voted. The vote was sealed by the BCLRB while the parties worked through the dispute. Mediator Dave Schaub issued recommendations to finalize a first collective agreement that was accepted by both parties. The only outstanding issue is wages, which will go before an arbitrator who will make a binding decision following submissions by both parties. UPDATE: Both parties have accepted the mediator's recommendations for a first collective agreement. Please see the press release here .
KAR/TCL - Bargaining Continues; Both RCR properties in Kimberley - Kimberley Alpine Resort and Trickle Creek Lodge - are currently in bargaining. Both committees resume bargaining with the employer at the resort Monday, November 27-December 1. Updates will be provided as they develop.
KIS - Bargaining is slated to begin in mid-December for Kootenay Insurance Services. Local 1-405 and 9705 will again bargain together for the insurance divisions in Cranbrook, Trail and the most recent addition, Nelson. Proposals have been finalized and passed by the membership. The collective agreement expires December 31, 2016.
KSCU - Following a long day of mediation between KSCU and the USW, the parties have once again reached impasse and have not been able to reach a deal. Key issues are the pension protection language and no wage increases in the first two years. The USW issued 72-hour strike notice and in turn, KSCU issued 72-hour lockout notice. Both parties will be in a legal work stoppage position on Friday, October 21, 2016. Please see the updates here and here .
BWP (River Butte) - After three sessions of mediation with a provincial mediator as the bargaining committee looks to achieve a first contract, the employer has applied for Section 55 mediation. The update from the bargaining committee, including an important meeting, is here.
KSCU - After a summer hiatus, bargaining resumes with KSCU October 17 in Trail. The provincial mediator is still involved in bargaining. Following meetings with the membership in Trail, Kaslo and Kimberley in September, and the union receiving both internal financial documents along with the Central One Pension Plan filing its required pension valuation, anticipation is high as the committee hears from the employer next week.
Kimberley Alpine Resort and Trickle Creek Lodge - Both bargaining committees have begun bargaining as KAR held three days of talks September 26-28 while TCL had one day of bargaining to exchange proposals on September 29. Bargaining for both parties is slated to resume in mid-November.
City of Kimberley - UPDATE: 4-YEAR AGREEMENT RATIFIED BY MEMBERSHIP. The USW Membership at the City of Kimberley ratified the new collective agreement September 6 at Centennial Hall in Kimberley. Please see the latest bulletin here .
TENTATIVE AGREEMENT REACHED - Following a long weekend session and another long day Monday, a tentative agreement has been reached with the City of Kimberley. Please see the latest update here .
UPDATE; Lockout notice postponed by the City; Parties to return to the table Monday. Lockout deadline 6AM Tuesday morning. Please see the latest update here .
UPDATE LOCKOUT NOTICE SERVED BY THE CITY; Here is the latest after the unionized employees of the City of Kimberley rejected the Final Offer Vote Thursday. Officially the union will be locked out by 3:58PM Sunday, August 28, 2016.
Here are some facts about what the implications of acceptance of the City's final offer means to our members: Bulletin #9 .
UPDATE - City of Kimberley has applied for a Final Offer Vote under the Labour Code; Please see the latest information Bulletin #8.
UPDATE - MEDIATION FAILS - the USW Bargaining Committee participated in mediation with an appointed mediator from the BCLRB. Mediation failed to move the employer's concessions off the table. A membership meeting has been scheduled for Monday, July 18 in Kimberley. Please see the latest updates here and here. UPDATE - The USW and the City continue to meet at mediation. The latest update is here . UPDATE - The fourth session of mediation broke off yesterday evening with the sides still unable to agree on some key issues. Please see the latest Bulletin #7 .
After 10 days of bargaining over the last four months, the USW Bargaining Committee has reached impasse with the City of Kimberley. A Strike Vote is underway. Please see the updates here and here. The employer has applied for mediation. Dates are to be determined. UPDATE: The membership has returned a 99% Strike Vote. Please see the latest bulletin here.
Kootenay Savings Credit Union - Following 17 days of bargaining the USW Bargaining Committee for Local 1-405 and Local 9705, who bargain together for the branches in the two locals, have declared an impasse. Following a strike vote of 94% from the membership, the employer has applied for mediation to take place in Trail June 20-21. Please see the latest here. The collective agreement between the USW and KSCU expired December 31, 2015.
Nelson and District Credit Union - 4-year agreement ratified; The members of NDCU at Nelson, Rossland and East Shore Branches have ratified the new agreement by a wide margin. Please see the bulletin here .
UPDATE: TENTATIVE AGREEMENT REACHED; The USW Bargaining Committee reached a tentative agreement with Nelson and District Credit Union on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Ratification meetings have been scheduled for September 7-8 in Nelson, Rossland and Crawford Bay. Please see the bulletin here .
The USW Bargaining Committee continues to meet with the employer following 6 days of bargaining in May and June. Bargaining is expected to resume July 12-13, 2016. NDCU's collective agreement expired May 31, 2016. Bargaining Bulletin #1 is here. Bargaining continued July 25-26, 2016. Bargaining Bulletin #2 is here. Bargaining is set to resume August 23-25, 2016
Brisco Wood Preservers (River Butte Management) - The 24 employees of Brisco Wood Preservers voted to join the USW (Steelworkers) Local 1-405. Bargaining is to begin immediately. BWP becomes the second Pole Treatment plant with USW 1-405, joining Stella-Jones Galloway. Please see the latest update here and here.
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 30thAnniversary 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.
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 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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