A Union For Workers, By Workers

The Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC) is a fiercely democratic, independent union with a very proud history. For almost sixty years, 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.

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The PPWC represents thousands of workers in eight locals throughout British Columbia, and we are particularly interested in organizing younger workers in various industries.  We are active in political struggles and encourage progressive values that fights for and protects workers’ rights, social justice and democracy, and environmental sustainability.  The PPWC is also proud to be a founding member of the Confederation of Canadian Unions, the largest association of independent labour unions in the country.

PPWC – An Independent, Democratic Workers’ 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.

Membership Control

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.

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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Advantages of a Union

Advantages of belonging to a union are many. A key benefit is that your union represents you! Should you have an issue with your employer, we have your back and have an appointed representative [...]

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 selected to play at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival.

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