Announcement from the Administrator for August 9, 2019 August 9, 2019 - I am pleased to announce that we have established a Grievance Committee for Local 1944. The creation of this new Committee is a key component of our overall Strategic Plan that was developed by President Isabelle Miller with the assistance of District 3 Director, Steve Hunt and myself.

 July 30, 2019 - Pride events are taking place until September. Our Local recognizes and supports the struggles of our LGBTQ members. All individuals should be treated as being equally deserving of respect, dignity and freedom. We must continue to change mentalities and build safe work environments for all of our members. Pride events are the opportunity to support human rights for all.

July 15, 2019 - There are only a few days left to submit your applications to Local 1944 scholarships.

August 17, 2018 - The 34th Montréal Pride Parade will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2018. 

August 16, 2018 - The USW Local 1944 Health and Safety Committee would like to alert members to the potential dangers of airborne particulate being caused by forest fires.

The Canada Labour Code defines “danger” as “any hazard, condition or activity that could reasonably be expected to be an imminent or serious threat to the life or health of a person exposed to it before the hazard or condition can be corrected or the activity altered.”

The Provinces of BC and Alberta have issued Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) Advisories as a result of the forest fires burning in BC and the North West United States.

August 15, 2018 - The District 6 Fall School will be held on November 4-9, 2018 at Fern Resort, Orillia, Ontario. USW Local 1944 will be selecting up to three rank and file members to attend the D6 Fall School. In addition, District 6 has awarded our Local with one scholarship to support a member's participation.

Available courses:

Co-investigations: Principles and Application for Joint Investigations

This course is ideal for union members who sit on joint committees related to human rights, and workplace harassment, sexual harassment and violence. Joint committees are sometimes asked to co-investigate complaints.

August 13, 2018 - The USW will be holding its 2018 District 3 Conference on the theme "Our Unity. Our Strength". It will be held in Kamloops, BC, at the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre, from October 30 to November 1, 2018.

The conference will include workshops (please see list below), speakers and lots of discussion on the issues important to Steelworkers across the District.
USW Local 1944 will be selecting an additional 3 Unit Vice-Chairs to attend the District 3 Conference.

August 10, 2018 - Yesterday, Thursday, August 9, 2018, Unit 60 members from the Vancouver/Richmond and Surrey/Langley certifications attended a ratification meeting in Burnaby, BC.

Results of the ratification vote for the proposed USW Local 1944-Shaw Vancouver and Surrey Collective Agreements have been tabulated and the agreements have been ratified. They will be signed by the Local Union and the Company and will be effective, upon signing, from March 24, 2018 to March 23, 2023.

Unit 60 members were asked to vote “Yes” or “No” to the question “Are you in favour of ratifying the tentative Collective Agreement reached on July 25, 2018?”

August 9, 2018 - USW Local 1944 is proud to release the Summer 2018 edition of The Transmitter online. The publication can be found at: Transmitter - Summer 2018.

In this issue, you will find the following highlights:

  • Women’s Marches
  • Women of Steel spread hope in Surrey
  • Unit 60 Shaw Bargaining Update
  • Winter coat and sleeping bag drive in Kamloops
  • Giving back in Nelson
  • Coming together in Toronto
  • District 3 Alberta government lobby
  • AFL Brunch in Edmonton
  • Celebrating Pink Shirt Day
  • Remembering Brenda Forward
  • CBTU Convention

August 3, 2018 - Good news for our members who have children graduating from Grade 12: the application deadline for USW Local 1944's Annual Scholarships has been extended to Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

There are three scholarships of $750 and four scholarships of $1,000. These scholarships are open to all members' children attending any post-secondary institution.

August 1, 2018 - The 40th Vancouver Pride Parade is this Sunday, August 5, 2018! For our members interested in participating, Local 1944 will meet you at the Multi-Union Pride section, on the NW corner of Robson and Thurlow streets, by 1:15 pm.

Multi-Union Pride is a committee of labour activists organizing in our communities and workplaces on issues involving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited and queer community.

The Pride Parade is a chance to recognize how far we have come and reflect on where we need to go from here to achieve equality for the LGBTQ2S+ community.