On the Picket Line

Striking steelworkers in British Columbia rally over concessions

By Ned Dmytryshyn
December 9, 2019

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Over 500 striking members of United Steelworkers Local 1937 and their supporters marched and rallied at Western Forest Products corporate headquarters in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Nov. 6.

Workers came by busload from throughout the area.

Some 2,600 local members walked out July 1 over the company’s demands for concessions on pensions, contracting out work, seniority rights and shift scheduling.

“We fight for the generations to come,” Sylvia Catchpole, who has worked for Western for 43 years, told the Times Colonist. “We are not about to go backwards.”