GWU – ILWU Interim Affiliation

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 Mark Gordienko & Gerry Gault

On Friday August 28, 2015 ILWU Canada President Mark Gordienko and Grain Workers Union President Gerry Gault signed an Interim Affiliation Agreement bringing the GWU into ILWU Canada.  This Interim Agreement will last until the ILWU Canada Convention in April 2016. The Grain Workers asked for and were released from their current affiliation with the BC Government and Service Employees Union on August 31 and the new agreement goes into effect on September 1, 2015.  There will be a vote to finalize this matter at the 2016 Convention.

The Interim Affiliation Agreement expires at Convention and this will allow the GWU to debate and vote on this in a timely way.

The GWU represents about 650 workers at six grain elevators on the west coast of BC in Prince Rupert and Vancouver, and a number of smaller bargaining units.

The ILWU wants to take this opportunity to thank the GWU for the work that has gone into this decision.  We also want to thank the BCGEU for allowing this change, as we think this is a very good affiliation as both Unions have worked side by side on the waterfront for over 70 years.  We have much in common and believe this will strengthen the security of all workers on the waterfront.

The Interim Affiliation Agreement will be placed on the Agenda of the next ILWU Canada Executive Board Meeting which is being held in Nanaimo on September 21, and President Gault will be there to represent his Members.

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