Fighting Back Makes A Difference

Since 1945, the men and women of the UFAWU have struggled through good times and bad. Our struggles have changed the landscape of our communities and the industry — enriching them as we work for economic and social justice. Our victories have been many and we take strength from them. Those victories have come from our members working together in solidarity and diversity. We know that solidarity makes us stronger and that fighting back makes a difference.

Fighting Back      Makes A Difference

Since 1945, the men and women of the UFAWU have struggled through good times and bad. Our struggles have changed the landscape of our communities and the industry — enriching them as we work for economic and social justice. Our victories have been many and we take strength from them. Those victories have come from our members working together in solidarity and diversity. We know that solidarity makes us stronger and that fighting back makes a difference.

Latest News

UFAWU-Unifor Weekly Bulletin: Monitoring, PSSI, Escapement, & More

UFAWU-Unifor Weekly Bulletin: Monitoring, PSSI, Escapement, & More

Monitoring Plan 2022 In 2022, for the Skeena and Nass fisheries, the “Minister” is requiring short sets, short nets, revival boxes and an At-Sea Observer program in order for gillnets to go fishing. As in the past, fishermen have to pay for this. Area C Harvest...

UFAWU-Unifor Bulletin: Dock+, Skeena Openings, IFMPs, & Hazards Survey

UFAWU-Unifor Bulletin: Dock+, Skeena Openings, IFMPs, & Hazards Survey

Dock+ Is Making Processing Facilities Accessible Located in Port Alberni, Dock+ is breaking down the barriers to entry of large-scale food production. The space, which is owned by the Port Alberni Port Authority at Fishermen’s Harbour, offers harvesters the ability to...

Latest News

UFAWU-Unifor Weekly Bulletin: NNFC Licence Issue, Dues Chart, Skeena, and More

UFAWU-Unifor Weekly Bulletin: Monitoring, PSSI, Escapement, & More

Monitoring Plan 2022 In 2022, for the Skeena and Nass fisheries, the “Minister” is requiring short sets, short nets, revival boxes and an At-Sea Observer program in order for gillnets to go fishing. As in the past, fishermen have to pay for this. Area C Harvest...

Wild B.C. Salmon Need Your Help

Salmon is an essential piece of our culture in British Columbia. It feeds us and sustains livelihoods. But, like many parts of our province’s delicate ecosystem, some B.C. salmon species have fallen victim to the devastating impact of habitat destruction and climate change..

Our Leadership

James Lawson

James Lawson

President

James Lawson is UFAWU-Unifor’s current elected president. James has experience working as a skipper in salmon seine, herring, prawn and geoduck fisheries and has been an outspoken advocate on social issues in fisheries on the B.C. coast for many years.

Helen Anne Beans

Helen Anne Beans

Vice President

Helen-Anne Beans is UFAWU-Unifor’s current elected vice-president. Helen has experience as a salmon seine, prawn and herring gillnet fish harvester. Helen has contributed a significant amount of time to the issues facing B.C.’s active fish harvesters.

Guy Johnston

Guy Johnston

Secretary Treasurer

Guy Johnston is UFAWU-Unifor’s current elected secretary-treasurer. Guy fishes by trap for prawns and shrimp, while using hook and line to catch salmon, rockfish, and lingcod. Guy has been involved with UFAWU-Unifor for many years.