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The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is an organization that represents more than just Waterfront workers.  We are comprised of eleven Locals and three affiliates with over 5000 members.  Our members consist of not only longshore workers in all B.C. ports but warehouse workers, office staff, tugboat operators, retail wholesale workers, grain services staff and waste recycling workers.

For many workers, the issues of promotions, safety, and benefits top their list of concerns.  A Union like the ILWU can negotiate for benefits such as sick leave, dental benefits, pensions, and welfare plans.  The importance of layoff procedures that provide proper notice and bumping rights and maternity/parental leave are but a few benefits we have achieved resulting from our superior ability to negotiate your terms and conditions of employment.

Having a Union not only helps you on the job but also offers you assistance with WorkSafe BC appeals, human rights complaints, and occupational health and safety concerns.

Employers will say many things to discredit a Union and this is nothing new.  But for your workplace to be a fair and democratic site, a collective agreement will ensure that you work because of what you know, not who you know.

The ILWU Canada’s motto is “An Injury to One, is An Injury to All” and we negotiate collective agreements with this always in the forefront.  So whether you work in a hotel, factory, an assembly plant, or office, we can help you achieve a safe, secure and harassment-free workplace.

Call us today at 604-254-8141 and ask what the ILWU Canada can do for you!

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