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Steelworkers: Bill 25 and “Rising Tide” Haida Title Lands Agreement, a major step forward

Press Release

May 16, 2024

The United Steelworkers union (USW) District 3 is committed to reconciliation with B.C. First Nations and supports Bill 25, Haida Nation Recognition Amendment Act, 2024. The “Rising Tide” Haida Title Lands Agreement is a major step forward.

“We acknowledge our role in addressing the legacy of colonialism and we support the B.C. government doing the same,” said USW District 3 Director, Scott Lunny.

Specifically, USW Local 1-1937 represents members working within the Haida Nation, primarily in the forest sector.

USW District 3 is confident that, through respectful discussion, any changes and policies flowing from this legislation, agreement and nation-to-nation negotiations will not negatively impact those members and their families and, indeed, can result in more certainty and security for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who live and work in the Haida territory.

“Our union is, throughout its history in this province, about human rights and dignity,” added Lunny,

“Unionization, freedom of association and collective bargaining can be used as tools for reconciliation and, from an intersectional perspective, assist in addressing the dignity of Indigenous workers.”

Bill 25 passed third reading on May 15 and is set to receive Royal Assent.

The USW represents 225,000 members in nearly every economic sector across Canada and is the largest private-sector union in North America, with 850,000 members in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW because of our strong track record in creating healthier, safer and more respectful workplaces and negotiating better working conditions and fairer compensation – including good wages, benefits and pensions.



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