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Apr. 29, 2020      

2020 MWBUI Scholarship

Scholarship to a maximum of $1,000.00 for FIRST YEAR applicants for full time
enrollment to a Canadian accredited university, college, or trade school. Applications are to be
made to the Marine Workers' Secretary-Treasurer and will be referred to the Scholarship
Committee, which will determine the successful applicants and amounts to be awarded.

These MWBIU Local 1 scholarships are intended for post-secondary education of children or
grand-children of the Marine Workers Local 1 members in good standing.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS - JUNE 30, 2020. Successful applicants will be advised by mail. Names and pictures of successful applicants may be published in union's newsletter and website.

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Mar. 30, 2020      

March 2020 Newsletter

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Feb. 21, 2020      

February 2020 Newsletter

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Sep. 6, 2019      

2019 Scholarship Winners

2019 Marine Workers & Boilermakers Industrial Union Local 1 scholarship recipients

  • Preet Dhillon
  • Cameron James
  • Mariah Neily
  • Mariah Norum

An additional scholarship in the name of Colin Craig's MWBIU Local 1 Scholarship was awarded to Lukas Hrgovic.

Congratulations to all!

Thank you to Fred Svensson, for assisting in the presentation to the recipients.

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Jun. 5, 2019      

Colin Craig, Local Artist and Member Donates Nautical Art to Union

Colin joined the Marine Workers in 1972 and retired from a career as a shipwright with Bel-Air Shipyard. Meanwhile, Colin kept busy creatively, emerging as a famous artist, with many of his paintings currently on display in galleries and in private collections around the world. Recently, in response to news that the Marine Workers had lost all our nautical paintings in the 2015 fire at our office, Colin kindly donated two beautiful paintings for the benefit of all our members.

The Marine Workers & Boilermakers Industrial Union is extremely proud to support our members' children with scholarships to help continue their education. In recognition for his generosity, this year the Executive is pleased to announce that a thousand-dollar scholarship will be presented in the name of our long-time member Colin Craig.

You may view some of his art on his website:
Apr. 27, 2019      

Apply for the MWBIU 2019 Scholarship

Enter today by downloading and completing the Scholarship Application Form. Deadline for applications is June 30, 2019
Jan. 9, 2019      

Congratulations on your retirement Gordy Ghuman!

Past President, George MacPherson (left) congratulating Gordy Ghuman, Honourary Life Member on his recent retirement, along with Ken McMurray First Vice.
Mar. 12, 2018      

BC Federation of Retired Union Members

BC Forum represents thousands of retired and active workers from unions who are affiliated to the BC Federation of Labour. They are a registered non-profit society dedicated to represent the well-being of retired and active workers age 50 and up.
Mar. 2, 2018      

February 2018 Newsletter

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Mar. 28, 2017      

Brother George Macpherson Retires!

On January 1, 2017, after many years serving our membership, our long-time brother, George MacPherson retired as president of the Marine Workers & Boilermakers Industrial Union Local No. 1. Brother MacPherson joined our union in 1975 and served on the executive board before becoming president in 1990. As a new president, he was immediately faced with big challenges, most remarkably, the Federal Government's cancellation of the Polar 8 Icebreaker Program the same week he assumed his position as president and dealing with our two largest certifications now facing a downturn and eventual dissolve. George worked tenaciously to preserve the jobs he could, negotiated federal funding for re-training and severance packages for those impacted. He then streamlined our union office and dispatching and although our membership was reduced, the union not only survived but remained strong and stable.

George wore many hats during his time in office; he not only performed his duties as president but also managed the daily business at our office. While also serving as president of the Shipyard General Workers' Federation and executive member of the BC Federation of Labour he soon became labour's voice for shipbuilding on the West Coast and raised our union's profile much beyond our membership's size. Brother George also performed the duties of business agent and relished facing the employers whether negotiating or defending our members and their working conditions. Brother George managed this juggling act always maintaining a keen sense of humour and a sympathetic ear.

On behalf of the membership, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for all he has done and wish him good luck and best wishes for a long, healthy and happy retirement.

George Macpherson
Mar. 4, 2016      

February 2016 Newsletter

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Feb. 6, 2016      

General Business Meeting

First Thursday of every month (Except July and August) 5pm
Maritime Labour Centre
Boardroom #1

CETA, the European Trade Deal Sells Maritime Workers Short

Last week, Canadians were told that the final details of our historic trade deal with Europe. Read full story