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October 13, 2020 - The 2020 Provincial Election is now underway in British Columbia. This election, there are more ways to vote than ever:

September 28, 2020 - The BC Federation of Labour is holding its 59th Constitutional Convention, on November 24, 25 and 26, 2020.

January 17, 2020 - Members of Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) are invited to apply to attend the USW Third National Gathering of Indigenous Steelworkers, that will take place on April 15-16 in Toronto, Ontario. 

January 10, 2020 - Unionized Ledcor (LTS) Employees in BC, unionized with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 213, have been on strike since October 1st 2019. USW Local 1944 wholeheartedly supports IBEW 213 strikers as they try to gain a respectful first Collective Agreement.
Changes to the Executive Board: I wish to advise everyone that several changes to the National Executive Board are in effect as of today, January 8, 2020.

December 19, 2019 - BC Telus employees (excluding COS) should remember that if your rotation has you working more than two Sundays in a calendar month, you are entitled to a premium for that shift:

Collective Agreement Article A5.10(b): “When a Regular full-time employee is assigned to work three (3) or more Sunday shifts in a calendar month, the employee will be paid a premium of one (1) times the employee’s basic hourly rate of pay for the third and any subsequent Sunday shift worked during that calendar month.” 

December 11, 2019 - Good Afternoon members. The Union has been hearing examples of members being instructed they are no longer allowed to use company time for a Bio Break, while other members report they are not having any “blow back”.

Examples have been given of members being told “Stop drinking so much water!” and “Your coffee and lunch are the appropriate times to use the facilities”. While it is possible to use one’s breaks to take care of “business” the reality is, when the urge hits, you may not be able to wait for a break.

November 29, 2019 - USW Local 1944 is pleased to announce the launching of your online store on the shopping platform Shopify. It’s never been easier to buy a comfy Local 1944 t-shirts, a snazzy hat, a beautiful Women of Steel scarf or keychain. What better way to support your Union in the workplace than to wear your colours on the job.

Visit our online store at https://shopusw1944.ca.

November 28, 2019 - The UCP government is holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, November 30, 2019, in Calgary, at The Westin Calgary Airport. And outside, union and non-union workers alike will be protesting to say NO to austerity measures, NO to broken promises and NO to attacks on democracy from the UCP government.

When: Saturday, November 30, 2019 – From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm MST
Where: outside The Westin Calgary Airport, Aero Crescent Northeast, Calgary, AB T2E 7Y5

November 27, 2019 - As we have communicated to members previously, the Union filed grievances in 2013 and 2014 asserting that “Concierge” Reps had been underpaid by Telus due to an incorrect wage categorization of their job. In December 2018, the Union won this grievance at arbitration, and the arbitrator ordered Telus to compensate former Concierge agents at the proper wage rate.