Alberta

January 24, 2020 - The federal government's budget implementation legislation for 2017 and 2018 (Bills C-63 and C-86) included extensive changes to Part III of the Canada Labour Code ("CLC" or "the Code"), which sets out minimum employment standards for employers operating under federal jurisdiction, like Telus and Shaw. As minimum standards legislation, the Code's provisions do not override more favourable arrangements provided for in a collective agreement.

January 20, 2020 - Recently an internal communication was sent to members by Telus management with explanations for the dramatic increase in complaints filed against Telus to the CCTS (Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services), as mentioned in the linked article below. 

www.vancouverisawesome.com/vancouver-news/customer-complaints-telus-2019-1947212 

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. 

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 23, 2019 - Check out the December 2019 issue of our [email protected] magazine. 

Acting President Donna Hokiro addresses her thanks for a year of increased membership engagement, innovating changes, and improved connections within our Local.

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 - Check out the latest release of our [email protected] magazine.

This November issue features experiences from our LDS program students, young members getting involved at the Next Generation Forum in Quebec, a call to join the Resistance in Alberta, latest news on Indigenous rights in Canada, and more!

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.