A Union Built on the Shoulders of Giants

Welcome to the website of Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC) Local 1, representing almost 400 workers at the Mercer Celgar Pulp Mill in Castlegar, British Columbia and the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. The Public and Private Workers of Canada is a proudly democratic union that includes thousands of workers throughout the province.

Our local was the very first of the PPWC, founded in 1963, and our commitment to workers’ rights, environmental sustainability and social justice is stronger than ever.

A Proudly Democratic, Canadian Union

National Independence

If we believe that Canada should resist the constant efforts of other nations to control our economic and political affairs, then we must also subscribe to the position that the Canadian workers have control of their own affairs.

Canadian Union Control

It is to the credit of the PPWC and the Confederation of Canadian Unions (of which we are a member) that over 70 per cent of Canadian workers now belong to Canadian-based unions.

Membership Control

Canadian union members should have the right to make any and all decisions concerning their welfare. That can only come about when the leaders of our unions are regularly elected by the rank-and-file members

Benefits to Canadian Workers

Only with the establishment of democratically-controlled Canadian unions will workers be able to formulate policies and bargaining demands in tune with Canadian needs.

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