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January 19, 2022

UFAWU-Unifor Meets With New Minister Murray

Last night, UFAWU-Unifor staff and leadership had the opportunity to meet virtually with the newest Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Joyce Murray. Minister Murray was appointed to her newest position back in October of 2021. Since her appointment, UFAWU-Unifor President James Lawson has had the opportunity to meet with Minister Murray […]

January 17, 2022

A Win For Prawn Harvesters!

Following months of stress and uncertainty surrounding the future of prawn tail tubbing, prawn fishermen have received a win — Minister Joyce Murray has announced that harvesters may continue freezing prawns as they have done so for the past 50 years. In the spring of 2021, prawn harvesters were hit with troubling news when DFO […]

December 16, 2021

Spot Prawn Season At Risk — Sign The Petition!

In the spring of 2021, prawn fishermen and their families experienced high anxiety when a last-minute reinterpretation of the Fisheries General Regulation resulted in the banning of tailing, tubbing and freezing B.C. spot prawns at sea. As prawn harvesters are well aware, “Tubbing” has been used for the past 50 years and is how many […]

December 14, 2021

Mental Health Coverage Added to the United Fishermen’s Benefit Fund

UFAWU-Unifor is proud to announce a new addition to the United Fishermen’s Benefit Fund. Starting Jan 1, 2022, the United Fishermen’s Benefit Fund will include coverage of up to $500 yearly for counselling services. This coverage may include counselling expenses from registered psychologists, registered counsellors and/or registered social workers. The issues and illnesses that impact […]

November 23, 2021

All Fishermen’s Meeting Held in Prince Rupert — More to Come

On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, an in-person UFAWU-Unifor All Fishermen’s Meeting was held in Prince Rupert. The meeting was open to all harvesters and was hosted by Union representatives Dawn Webb and Joy Thorkelson. Appropriate COVID-19 measures were taken to ensure the safety of those who attended. Attendance included harvesters from a variety of sectors […]

November 11, 2021

Harvester Employment Insurance Update

Attention harvesters, a harvester Employment Insurance update has been issued. Harvesters that did not fish this year still qualify if they made $2,500 in 2021 or 2020 or 2019 "Until December 18, 2021, we'll establish your Employment Insurance (EI) claim using the highest earnings from either your current claim or the earnings from 1 of […]

November 8, 2021

Attention Harvesters: All Fisherman's Meeting — Nov 9, 2021

UFAWU-Unifor will hold an All Fishermen's Meeting on Tuesday, Nov 9, 2021, from 1:30 to 3:30. The meeting will be held in Prince Rupert at the Prince Rupert Library, located at 101 6 Ave W, Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1Y9. Topics covered include the PSSI and long-term closure announcements, EI and Fish Harvester Benefit, FOPO […]

October 28, 2021

UFAWU-Unifor Remembers Nick Carr

UFAWU-Unifor was saddened by the recent news of Nick Carr's passing. Nick was born in Croatia before moving to Canada at a young age and later becoming a fisherman. During his career, Nick accomplished many things, including becoming President of Local 1 of the United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union. While president, Nick worked relentlessly […]

October 22, 2021

Harvester Input Needed: Connected Coast Project

The Connected Coast Project is set to bring internet services to rural and remote areas in coastal BC using subsea fibre optic cable. But harvester input is needed to ensure the cable doesn't interfere with harvesting activity. The proposed route of the cable intercepts with prawn fishing grounds, and once laid the cable must be […]

October 18, 2021

Harvesters: Try The OceanSmart Green Boating App

OceanSmart is the premiere Canadian application helping mariners protect our Ocean. The application was created by the T. Buck Suzuki Foundation with support from both UFAWU-Unifor and Unifor. Here are some of the features offered by the app: The Green Boating Guide offers environmentally friendly tips for mariners in areas such as cleaners, vessel maintenance, and waste […]

October 14, 2021

Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program Deadline Reminder

A reminder has been issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada to submit applications for the phase 2 deadline of the Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program. The extended application deadline is now set to Oct. 31. “To apply for phase 2, you must have been eligible and applied for the phase 1 benefit payment,” the […]

September 18, 2021

UFAWU-Unifor Remembers Chief Edwin Newman

UFAWU-Unifor was saddened by the news of Heiltsuk Nation Hereditary Chief Edwin Newman's recent passing at the age of 95. Chief Newman was the President of the Native Brotherhood during many of the great battles between fish processors and harvesters. He led the Brotherhood in many fights to protect the rights and incomes of Indigenous […]

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