British Columbia

October 21, 2021 - The Union is very happy to announce that after an eight (8) year fight we have won an arbitration worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, one of the largest damage awards against Telus in our Union's history!

October 13, 2021 - We have been in constant contact with Telus regarding their current requirement for COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Screening.

Telus has agreed with the Union that their policy needed improvement.

We are happy to hear that we were taken seriously and that there will be changes to the testing requirements. Members were previously asked to test on specific days of the week regardless of their schedule. That testing will now be conducted only on working days, and only 30 minutes prior to start of scheduled shift start. There will be no requirement to test on days off.

October 1, 2021 - On Wednesday, USW Local 1944 conducted nominations for the 2021 USW International Elections, to determine who, if anyone, Local 1944 would nominate for offices of the USW International Executive Board.

Prior to the vote, nomination forms had been received for two candidates for the office of District 3 (Western Canada) Director as follows:

Scott Lunny  21 forms received
Stephen Hunt – One form received

The result of the nomination vote on Wednesday for this position was as follows:

September 30, 2021 - Today, September 30, 2021, marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day has been commemorated as Orange Shirt Day since 2013.

September 29, 2021 - Today is voting day to determine who, if anyone, Local 1944 nominates for offices of the USW International Executive Board. Eligible members can cast their vote from 5:00 am until 8:00 pm (Pacific Time).

HOW TO VOTE

Please refer to the voting package that was mailed to you. Your unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) is required to vote.

September 27, 2021 - The Union is seeing an increase in grievances regarding denial of Short Term Disability claims. As we know, the appeal process can in some cases take considerable time. With these wait times, some members have felt the need to return to work prior to their medical leave end date since they are often unsure of the appeal outcome, and are not receiving pay.

September 23, 2021 - Over the last week, USW Local 1944 members should have received a package containing voting instructions and a unique PIN for the upcoming USW International Election nomination vote on Wednesday, September 29th.

This vote will determine who, if anyone, Local 1944 nominates for offices of the USW International Executive Board. A sample voting package can be viewed here.

September 9, 2021 - It is with immense sadness and a broken heart that I inform you that USW Local Representative Joe Benn passed away just a short time ago. His sister Sue held him tight as he left us behind. Having suffered a catastrophic stroke in the early morning last Saturday September 4th, and having no chance of recovery, Joe has now been taken off life support.

September 3, 2021 - “As mentioned previously, bargaining with Telus will start next month.

We have been encouraging members to get involved, in every Unit, in every workplace, whether that means attending your Unit Meetings, signing up for training, participating in PUMA campaigns, and so on.