ABBOTSFORD, BC, Nov. 14 /CNW/ - The BC Labour Relations Board will grant
the United Steelworkers (USW) the legal right to be the bargaining agent for
more than 150 workers at Dynamic Windows and Doors in Abbotsford.
Workers decided to join the USW, removing the previous certification by
the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC).
USW Local 2952, based in Burnaby, will represent the workers who are
currently covered by a collective agreement negotiated by the CLAC. That
agreement expires on April 30, 2009.
Workers joined the Steelworkers to be treated with fairness, dignity and
respect on the job, says local union organizer Phil Bargen who began working
on the organizing campaign late last year.
Assisted by an inside organizing committee, Bargen said workers want
their grievances addressed in a timely manner and to be properly represented
in dealings with the company.
"We welcome these workers into the USW," said Local 2952 President Scott
McRitchie, who says the union "looks forward to working with the new members
to building a strong unit where workers have a clear voice in their
McRitchie said workers currently face confusion over the plant's job
classification system and they ought to be able to progress to higher paying
job rates "in an orderly and predictable manner".
USW Staff Representative Steve Dewell said he looks forward to assisting
the new members with education and training and to become active USW members.
The United Steelworkers is Canada's most diverse union, representing more
than 280,000 men and women working in every sector of the Canadian economy.
For further information:
For further information: Scott McRitchie, (604) 525-7481; Steve Dewell,