USW Local 1-424
Suite 100, 1777 3rd Avenue, Prince George, BC, V2L 3G7
Tel: 250.563.7771 | Toll-free: 1.800.565.3641 | Fax: 250.563.0274

USW Local 1-424
Suite 100, 1777 3rd Avenue, Prince George, BC,
V2L 3G7

Phone Numbers
Tel: 250.563.7771
Toll-free: 1.800.565.3641 
Fax: 250.563.0274

USW Local 1-424
Suite 100, 1777 3rd Avenue, Prince George, BC, V2L 3G7
Tel: 250.563.7771 | Toll-free: 1.800.565.3641 | Fax: 250.563.0274

USW Local 1-424
Suite 100, 1777 3rd Avenue, Prince George, BC,
V2L 3G7

Phone Numbers
Tel: 250.563.7771
Toll-free: 1.800.565.3641 
Fax: 250.563.0274



Over 1500 people participated in Labour Day celebrations in Prince George, BC, on the PG City Hall lawn.

Wolverine Mine Court Case Nears End

Aug 17, 2017

Letter from Dan Will, 3rd Vice President, regarding the Wolverine Mine Court Case.

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IMPORTANT - Employment Insurance Filing Info

Jul 31, 2017

Some important information from Service Canada regarding Employment Insurance.

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USW Members Affected by First EI Info

Jul 12, 2017

Some important information for those members affected by the fires in the region.

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Members of Wolverine Mines

Jul 12, 2017

Recent letter (June 12, 2017) from Dan Will, 3rd Vice President Local 1-2017, to members of Wolverine Mines.

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USW Merger Local 1-424 and Local 1-424

Jul 12, 2017

Letter regarding the merger between Locals 1-425 & 1-424, including listing of new Officers.

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Merger between USW Locals 1-424 and 1-425 Founding Convention

Jul 12, 2017

Letter from Don Iwaskow, Financial Secretary, about the Founding Convention.

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Wolverine Mine - Letter to Employees from Service Canada RE EI Repayment

Jun 1, 2017
A recent letter from Service Canada to Wolverine Employees regarding repayment of EI is available to view/print/download - click to view Notice of Debts letter.

Wolverine Mine Info - Updates

May 30, 2017
New documents added to Wolverine Mine Info page. Click to visit the page to review the most recent additions.

Letter to Members of Wolverine Mines

May 26, 2017

May 25th, 2017 - Letter to Members of Wolverine Mines

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Walter Energy Canada Holdings - 1974 Plan Claim Dismissed, USW entitled to costs.

No matter what side of the border I work on, more and more I hear from right-wing politicians who don’t really have any ideas of their own so they just make things up. Apparently this B.C. election is no different.

Wolverine Mine - Section 54 Moneys

Mar 13, 2017

Important Letter for Wolverine Mine Members

Mar 8, 2017

For members of USW Local 1-424 Wolverine Employees.

Click the link below to view this important letter from 3rd Vice President, Dan Will.

Important Letter - March 7, 2017

USW presents cheque for $2,000 from the USW Humanity Fund.

The Charles Howard Webb plaque unveiling was held on Wednesday, December 13th, 2016.

Brother Croy was awarded the IWA Abel Award at the Health, Safety and Environment Conference in Winnipeg in November.

The Plan Office (IWA-Forest Industry Pension & LTD Plans) has created a video about the Plan's transition to a Target Benefit Plan.

Recent message from IWA-Forest Industry Pension & LTD Plans and some upcoming sessions.

We are hopeful to have some more concrete news in the coming weeks that will bring this to a conclusion that's beneficial to the membership and brings some just compensation.

Prince George had all of the NDP caucus in town in August for two days for meetings and attending events throughout the City.

Over 2000 people attended this year's event in Prince George.

Schedules and reasonable weather allowed for another BBQ for the membership.

Another successful summer of BBQs comes to an end.

We have a very diverse group of elected Board members... meet the new Board members.

Brian O'Rourke, Rod Park, Dan Will, and Don Iwaskow took the BBQ trailer with all the fixings to our Auto dealership in Smithers.

Our thoughts are with the people of Fort McMurray, Alberta who have been affected by the wild fires.

Mental Health Week, awareness and support from USW Officers and Staff.

Received via Canada NewsWire on May 2, 2016.

Recent Job Steward seminar in Dawson Creek.

Come out and see what's happening on the local and regional job front.

December SafeTalk

Dec 18, 2015
December SafeTalk

USW 1-424 Wolverine info

November SafeTalk

Dec 2, 2015
November SafeTalk

IWA Pension commuted value payments appoved

October SafeTalk

Oct 28, 2015
October SafeTalk

Labour Board Denied Walter Energy Application 

August's SafeTalk Newsletter is now available.

July SafeTalk Newsletter

SHARP Conference September

LTD Plan Benefit Improvements Announced  

June SafeTalk Newsletter

Local Wins LRB section 54 Decision for Wolverine Mine Members 

May SafeTalk Newsletter

USW/ IWA Local 1-424 Pension Seminar

Officers and Trustees Elected

Official Election Results

Don Iwaskow delivers Mayday speech

April SafeTalk

Apr 20, 2015

April SafeTalk

March SafeTalk Newsletter

Wolverine Employer Requests Adjournment

February SafeTalk

Mar 6, 2015

February SafeTalk

Update February 24th Wolverine Mine members

Wolverine members update 

Our Section 54 award is now scheduled for a hearing at the Labour Board on March 19th, 2015.

Jan 26th Presidents Report

January SafeTalk Newsletter

New Canada Jobs Fund

December SafeTalk Newsletter

USW Humanity Fund Gives to St Vincent de Paul

Wolverine Mine LRB Ruling



November 2014 Safe Talk

October SafeTalk

Oct 30, 2014

October SafeTalk

Update Information for Wolverine Mine Members

Delegates attending National Health Safety and Enviroment Conference

SafeTalk Newsletter September

Important Notice Wolverine Mine Members

Attention: Plant Chairpersons and Safety Chairpersons

USW District Director for western Canada Steve Hunt presented a short video and presentation to Prince George City Council.

Union Appeals Arbitrators Ruling on $500 Living Allowance

Napoleon Won, Larrea and Grupo Mexico Lost


Wolverine Mine Members letter Regarding LRB/ Company Appeal

"New" Wolverine Mine Request for LRB Reconsideration of Ruling

Attention USW Wolverine Mine Members NEW information request 

USW Convention Highlights Day 2

August SafeTalk Newsletter


The 3 day Speakeasy training course

New Board members

Sister Irene Lanzinger Secretary Treasure

July Safetalk

Jul 16, 2014
July Safetalk

June SafeTalk Newsletter


Hanging Boots Over Highway 97 

May SafeTalk Newsletter

Members from USW local 1-424 and 425 attend seminar 

Letter to members of Wolverine Mine

Wolverine Mine Members Information Page 

Local 1-1937 Press Release Shooting At Western Forest Products

128 workers lost their lives 2013 and 1055 across Canada. Today marks a day of mourning for those workers and the thousands injured across Canada.

April SafeTalk

Apr 24, 2014

April SafeTalk

BFP/Lakeland Joint Rally/Protest – April 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm – City of Prince George, BC

Government, the forest industry, organized labour and WorkSafeBC have issued the following statement following their March 28 meeting in Vancouver focused on combustible dust and sawmill safety

This year the USW District 3 HSE Committee is pledging to donate a minimum of 100 litres of blood. You can help.

Road To Becoming A Journeymen Millwright

I will forever remember the night April 23rd 2012. Curtis Ducharme  Lakeland

USW District 3 Partners For Life Program

Collaboration supports economic development in Quesnel

New Burns Lake Mill construction almost complete, members are now going through orientation and training on use of new equipment

Training completed for 24 Burns Lake Mill Employees

Bargaining Bulletin #27

Tentative Deal Reached with USW and West Fraser

Knowledge Network Runs Labour History Series

Bargaining Bulletin #25

Babine Forest Product Incident Investigation Report

SafeTalk January 2014

Endako Mine Members Ratified Agreement

Dates set for Negotiations with West Fraser and Conifer

Bargaining Bulletin #23

Interior Forest Workers Vote 66% in favor of New Agreement

December 2013 SafeTalk


2013 USW-Canfor Proposed Agreement Overview

Bargaining Bulletin #21

The results of the Canfor acceptance ballot have been counted, and it is a resounding NO to the memorandum that was reached with the assistance of Mediator Cameron.

Bargaining Bulletin #20

Bargaining Bulletin #19

The BC Interior Bargaining Committee and the Interior Forest Labour Relations Associations have concluded two days of mediated talks without reaching an agreement.

USW Leaflet On Tentative Agreement With Canfor

Tentative Deal Reached With Canfor 

October SafeTalk Newsletter



Endako Negotiations to Resume November 13th

Bargaining Bulletin #14

Health & Safety

Oct 23, 2013
Good Morning Sisters and Brothers.

Presidents Report

Oct 23, 2013
Presidents Report, October 18th

President Frank Everitt introduces the education instructors for this years two days of courses which covered health and safety

Board members from across the Local Union gathered

Bargaining Bulletin #13

Endako Members Give 95.7% strike Mandate

Endako Mine  Bargaining Committee Asks for Strike Mandate

The officers and staff would like to thank everyone for the solid strike mandate obtained from the Canfor operations.

A Strong Strike Mandate is Needed to Send CANFOR a Clear Message

No Wage Increases Result In Impasse with Canfor

Bargaining Bulletin #9

Bargaining Bulletin #8

Sawmill Wood Dust Sampling, Analysis and Explosibility

To All Board Members NOTICE for Aug 17th meeting

Bargaining Bulletin #7

Bargaining update for Endako Mines

After 35 years of dedicated service to the members of local 1-424, 3rd Vice President, Sister Shannon Euverman, decided to hang up her hardhat.

Bargaining Bulletin #6

Bargaining Bulletin #5

Bargaining Bulletin #4

Health and Safety Report


Jun 19, 2013

June 17, 2013

After major lay-offs in 2011 at Louisiana Pacific OSB plant in Dawson Creek 

Bargaining Bulletin #3

Bargaining with Canfor Starts

Bargaining Bulletin #2

Bargaining Bulletin #1

Notice to all Board Members for June 17th Meeting

Jun 6, 2013

USW BC Interior Bargaining Committee has completed the exchange of bargaining proposals with the four major forest industry employer groups...

Adrian Dix makes stop in Prince George to large rally at airport May 13 2013

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA - The international president of the province's largest forestry union is wondering how the B.C. Liberal government can claim to be committed

Don Iwaskow USW Local Staff Rep delivers local Union Message  

Over 120 USW delegates from across the boundaries of the local attended this year’s meeting.

The announcement that Lakeland Mills intends to rebuild the Mill was welcome news to the 100 members in attendance at the official announcement, the media were informed an hour later.

ADM reminder to members and Delegates April 20th, 21st

High level USW 1-207 Sends Thanks

We are all extremely disappointed and share your frustration regarding negotiations between your local and Tolko High level.

It was a full house in Quesnel as the members from Canfor Quesnel listed their wage and benefits demands for the wage and contract conference in April and election of delegates.

United Steelworkers District 3# Wood Council Chair Bob Matters presented Betty Mathews treasurer from the Burns Lake Food Bank a cheque for $20,000 dollars.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jacob (Jake) Bergen of Mission BC, on November the 28th 2012.

As we bring this year to a close and start another, we all hope the road ahead is much brighter and the disasters that we faced with the mill fires, deaths and mill closures will not be repeated.

This has been a horrific year for the local Union members and officers with the two Mill explosions and the untimely deaths of other members as a result of accidents or sickness.

The rebuilding of the Burns lake Mill announced today is the best news possible said Frank Everitt president USW 1-424

Happy Holidays

Dec 4, 2012

Officers and Staff would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season from our family's to yours,

Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year

The Central and Northern Forest industry USW Locals 1-424 and 1-425 have put forward a seven week awareness campaign under the joint Safety Health Awareness Research Program (SHARP), in partnership with WorkSafeBC.

Computer Sessions

Nov 19, 2012

"This was a great learning experience, enjoyed going everyday"

Presidents Report

Nov 1, 2012

We hope that everyone has had a good summer and has enjoyed some time off.

WorkSafeBC is currently conducting investigations into the two sawmill explosions that occurred earlier this year in Burns Lake and Prince George.

WorkSafeBC is currently conducting investigations into the two sawmill explosions that occurred earlier this year in Burns Lake and Prince George.

Health & Safety

Nov 1, 2012

Good morning Sisters and Brothers. Given the tragedies that we have had to report on and deal with this past year I am pleased to say that we have not had any fatalities in our operations since our last Executive board meeting. 

GOOD TIMBER, a rollicking musical revue celebrating the life of the lumberjack, comes to Prince George for three shows only.

Canfor Houston was the project of another round of sites visits

Fraser Lake BBQ for Endako Mine and Fraser Lake Sawmill Members Photo Gallery!

The project Coordinator for the Northern Skills Training Pilot will be in attendance at the USW local BBQ

What have american unions ever done for us?

Join us for a BBQ

Sep 6, 2012

Join us for a BBQ

The United Steelworkers are supporting the report of the BC government's Special Legislative Committee on Timber Supply, which was released today.

The latest news out of Victoria has got to be a wake-up call for the B.C. Liberals.

Brother Harvey Arcand instructed the Job Steward training on August 18th at the USW office in Houston BC.

At the last Annual General Meeting of USW local 1-424 all local Union operations had their names thrown into a hat for a draw to have the officers go to the lucky sites and provide a BQ for the members of that operation.

New president report's have been posted!

The Northern Skills Training Pilot (NST) was funded through a labour market agreement between the Governments of Canada and British Columbia and administered by the Ministry of Jobs and Tourism and Innovation.

Computer Training

Jun 28, 2012
Ted Hansen

Jackie Weberg Mike Wengenmayr Brian Primrose and Rank Mijatovic

Jackie Webert, Mike Wengenmayr, Ranko Mijatovic and Brian Primrose.

Robin Shaver receives Millwright Certification


Jun 4, 2012

For information resulting in the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the theft of the USW sign from the Endako Mine site.

ATTENTION: All Members of USW local 1-424 - message from Frank Everitt, President 1-424.

United Steelworkers Policy Paper, May 2012: 'Raw-Log Exports are Killing BC Jobs.'

New document from WorkSafeBC, under heading 'From Industry':
Wood Dust in Sawmills - Compilation of Industry Best Practices

Sponsored by Homesteader Meats, J.D. Kitchen & Catergin and PG Radiators.

A somber site at Lakeland Mills.

Brother Glenn Francis Roche Celebration of Life

Lakeland Mill USW Members - Northern Skills Training

May 1, 2012

USW members from Lakeland Mills can contact the Northern Skills Training Center at 250-563-7712 for appointment or questions regarding options available through this pilot program, there is NO cost to members for training up skilling or courses through this pilot program. Also check out NST on the USW local 1-424 website

If Members are looking for only Job search or resume assistance you can contact Prince George Work BC Employment Services at 250-596-2517.

Memorial Service for the late Allan Little


Apr 26, 2012
CIBC accepting donations to the Lakleland Tragedy account

Counselling services continue to be available to those affected by the tragedy at Lakelands




Apr 26, 2012

 Day of Mourning takes on added significance in Local 1-424

Meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm at the Coast Inn of the North for family and spouses.

We've uploaded a number of photos from the recent 2012 AGM.

Watch the video of the presentation of the I.W. Abel Award to Local 1-424.

USW Burns Lake members to review their pension options.

Notice to USW Babine Forest Workers - Pension Meeting

Feb 14, 2012

Pension Meeting

There will be a meeting for Members 50 years of age and over to discuss your pension options and answer any questions you may have. Your pension information will be available as will Pension administrators.

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Time: 10am-3pm
Place: Island Gospel Fellowship Church, 810 Highway 35, Burns Lake BC

If you have General questions USW Local 1-424 Business Agent Boota Johal will be holding office day every Tuesday from 10 am -5pm at the Sunshine Inn Burns Lake.

BCGEU Supports USW Relief Fund

Jan 31, 2012

The Government Services Employees Union presented a cheque for $10,000 dollars to USW Union Chairperson Sam Tom to help USW members affected by the disaster at Babine Mill in Burns Lake. The support we are receiving from our Union Brothers and Sisters has been overwhelming "Said Frank Everitt President, we can't say enough to all those helping and offering support, the road ahead will be difficult for all those effected and this support is critical for both short and long term.

From left to right: Frank Everitt, Kris Graneau BCGEU Forest Service Chairperson and Burns Lake Firefighter, USW Chairperson Sam Tom, Bruce Disher, Gerald Whitford 

Letter from Conifex

Jan 30, 2012

The forest industry has been hit with many severe blows over the past couple of years, but no hit has been harder than the recent explosive destruction of the Babine Forest Products plant in Burns Lake.

The people of Burns Lake are not only dealing with the loss of the community’s largest employer, but with the physical, mental, and spiritual scars of the violent destruction of their mill.  Workers and the community are also dealing with the tragic loss of two deeply loved community members and fellow employees.  

For those of us who work in the sawmill industry the tragedy in Burns Lake hits close to home.  We work in plants that have similar hazards.  All of us have families that love us and care about us, and sometimes we take it for granted that we have very dangerous jobs.  This tragedy could have happened anywhere.  All one has to do is to look around the plant that they work at and imagine this tragedy occurring where they work.  To see co-workers injured, to see the place that you have been employed at for years suddenly blow up, and to lose coworkers is hard to fathom.  

We sometimes get set in our ways working in a sawmill, and we tend to forget that life isn’t our place of employment and what occurs there.  Life is our families at home, those who love us, and those who count on us.  At the end of the day we all want to get home safe and sound.  

The focus of this tragedy should be on the people who lost their loved ones, those who have been injured, and the community of Burns Lake.  As union members we should be willing to step up and help out our fellow workers who are hurting and struggling to make sense of all of this.

As you go about your day I hope that you take a moment to pause and consider the families of those who have passed away and those who have been injured and lost their place of employment in Burns Lake.  If you are so inclined, pray that their physical, mental, and spiritual scars will be healed, and that they will know the comfort of the love of God at this terrible time.

Please consider donating to the workers and their families who are affected by this tragedy and help support fellow members who are suffering deeply at this time of loss.

Rick Playfair
Conifex, Fort St. James

Notice from WorkSafe BC

Jan 27, 2012

WorkSafeBC and our staff across the province want to express our sincere condolences to everyone in Burns Lake regarding the recent tragic accident at the Babine Forest Products Mill on January 20th.

WorkSafeBC investigations staff are currently conducting interviews in Burns Lake regarding the accident and ask that anyone having information that may help the investigation to contact WorkSafeBC Investigations between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays at 1-888-621-7233 to arrange an interview.

In addition, WorkSafeBC has a case management team in place to support injured workers and their families during the acute injury and rehabilitation phase.

To help answer your questions, including who the members of your care team are, what benefits you're entitled to, and rehabilitation and other service offerings, please contact WorkSafeBC's case management team at 1-800-663-6623.

Finally, if you believe you have experienced a workplace injury relating to the recent event and have not yet registered a claim, please contact our Teleclaim Centre to register your claim with a WorkSafeBC staff member at 1 888 WORKERS (967-5377) or #5377 on the Telus, Rogers and Bell mobile networks.

» click to view the letter (PDF format)

Letter from USW District 6

Jan 27, 2012

To the Editor:

On behalf of tens of thousands of Steelworker members in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, I extend our deepest sympathy for the horrific circumstances that have been thrust upon our members, their families and their communities as a result of the explosion at the Babine Forest Products sawmill. We offer heartfelt condolences to the families who may have lost loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the workers who have been injured; we wish all of them a full and speedy recovery.

Our Union's deeply imbedded history in health and safety stems from the ever present danger that is inherent in many of our workplaces. We strive to make them safe so that workers can return home to their families in the same condition as when they left them. When disaster strikes, as it did on Friday, the ripples it spreads reach far and wide. It leaves children and families shattered, workplaces broken and communities devastated. Once the workers have been tended to and their families supported, we urge the government to ensure that the mill is rebuilt and re-opened.

In Northern Ontario we have witnessed the devastation of far too many small communities when the main employer shuts down. All too often in those communities it has been the forestry industry that has left workers and communities behind as the raw logs that use to be milled here are shipped to other countries to be milled and finished. The workers and the Burns Lake community deserve as much as possible to have the pieces of their lives put back together; this means that a mill needs to be re-raised out of the ashes that now smoulder amongst the rubble of the mill.

Unfortunately disasters are not always avoidable. What a government does in the face of it however, is completely in its hands. We are hopeful that in the near future we will see a comprehensive plan that responds to both the immediate needs of these workers and the future needs of this community; one that has a new state of the art mill as part of the Burns Lake landscape. Anything less will be a poor response to the devastation caused by this horrific explosion.

In Solidarity,
Wayne Fraser
Director, District 6, United Steelworkers

» click to view the letter (PDF format)

USW Local Mobilizing Relief Efforts for Burns Lake Families

Jan 23, 2012

Prince George – USW local 1-424 has put out the call to all USW local Union operations to make a donation through payroll deduction to assist members and families affected by the explosion and fire at Babine Forest products in Burns Lake BC.

The results of this disaster have shocked everyone in our Union across the Country. The local officers have put together a local team in cooperation with the USW Emergency Response Team members from the International office. Wherever our injured members are sent a USW area Representative will be visiting the member and family to render any support services needed said Frank Everitt President USW local 1-424, this is an unprecedented disaster in our Industry which will require both a short-term and long-term plan towards assistance for those affected. At this time the focus of our efforts are the most emerging needs of our members and families; however we have to also direct our attention to the weeks and months ahead regarding temporary employment opportunities, health care benefits, employment Insurance and long term support for services and counselling that we know will be needed” it will be a long and painful road ahead added Frank Everitt” we have to be persistent in our efforts to lessen the burden on our members their family and community.

For further information,

Frank Everitt President cell 1-250-960-9809
Brian O’Rourke Financial Secretary cell 1-250-960-8583

Notice regarding the explosion at Babine Forest Products.

The B.C. government has formed a partnership with the United Steelworkers Union (USW) to pilot new skills training for its members in the north, with a focus in the areas of forestry and mining.