After a unanimous vote, PPWC Local 18, representing workers at the Canadian Forest Products Sawmill in Mackenzie, British Columbia, have voted to affiliate with the Confederation of Canadian Unions. And this comes just a couple of weeks after the PPWC, formerly called the “Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada,” democratically chose to change its name to the “Public and Private Workers of Canada,” while still retaining the “PPWC” acronym.
As it states on the PPWC website:
After a proud history spanning over 50 years, the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada on September 15, 2015, voted at a special convention to change their name to Public and Private Workers of Canada.
“We have changed the name to more accurately reflect who we are, what we have become, and where we are heading. We are and will continue to be a truly democratic, independent Canadian union that represents a diverse group of workers,” says PPWC National President Arnold Bercov. “We have kept the same acronym to show respect to the history we have built in this province.”
With eight locals representing over 3,000 members across British Columbia, this change will be rolled out over the coming months.
This is the fourth PPWC local to affiliate with the Confederation of Canadian Unions in just the past year and a half. The CCU is thrilled to have Local 18 affiliate with our association.
As for the PPWC, they will soon introduce a new logo and colour for its website, but will remain as committed as ever to the principles of workers’ rights, social justice and environmental sustainability.