PPWC Announces Historic Name Change
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.
Joining a labour union is one of the best and influential decisions a worker can make in his or her life. Unions like the PPWC have a long history of protecting the rights of workers, fighting for social justice and equality, and bettering the working lives of millions of Canadians.
Old Challenges, New Opportunities: The Story of the PPWC
A new documentary has been produced by the PPWC, which focuses on its proud history and its struggle for workers’ rights, environmental sustainability and social justice. Be sure to watch it in HD by clicking on the tiny circle in the bottom right corner when the video starts and then switch to 1080p HD.
For half a century, the PPWC has maintained its core principles through times good and bad. Predicting the slowdown in the pulp and paper industry in Canada, the union has fought hard to expand its membership to education, hospitality and health care workers.
At its most recent convention, members debated a move that would change the direction of the union forever, a new name that would symbolize its move towards younger workers in developing industries.
The documentary, directed by Sean Cain, was submitted to the Canadian Labour International Film Festival in June 2015.