Working to improve the lives of working Men, Women and their Families in Coastal British Columbia

Welcome to the United Steelworkers
Local 1-1937

We are a large geographic Local Union representing workers in all areas of Coastal British Columbia including all of Vancouver Island, all coastal islands including Haida Gwaii and the mainland coast area from the Alaskan State border south to the Washington State border.

Our Local Union was created through the amalgamation of former I.W.A Local Unions that merged together over the years, including Locals 1-71, 1-80, 1-118, 1-217, 1-363 and 1-85. IWA-Canada merged with the United Steelworkers in 2004.

USW Locals 1-80 (including 1-118), 1-363 and 1-2171(including 1-71 and 1-217) merged in 2009 to form what is now Local 1-1937. In 2017 USW Local 1-85 merged with USW 1-1937 to form one of the largest USW Locals in Canada

The moniker 1-1937 was chosen as the 1 represents the historic Region 1 of the former International Woodworkers of America (IWA) and 1937 represents the first year that IWA Locals were chartered in British Columbia.

Today, USW Local 1-1937 proudly represents approximately 6000 men and women on the Coast of British Columbia working in all sectors of the economy.





Steelworkers Contribute $100,000 to BC Fire Relief

Aug. 15, 2017 - The United Steelworkers, joining with the Steelworkers Humanity Fund, are contributing $100,000 to ongoing relief and recovery efforts for the continuing wildfire crisis in BC's interior.

"The wild fires and evacuations have deeply affected individuals and families, and continue to create uncertainty about the future impacts on jobs in affected communities," said Steelworkers Canadian National Director and Steelworkers Humanity Fund President Ken Neumann.

"The Steelworkers and the Humanity Fund pledged support to the BC Red Cross and the Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way. We are pleased to be able to provide funds to these two outstanding agencies so they can continue their invaluable support for affected USW members in the BC interior and their communities," said Steve Hunt, Director District 3, United Steelworkers.

"We want to thank BC USW locals for responding to the crisis with on-the-ground support for evacuees and fire responders, and with the support of USW locals and SOAR chapters across Western Canada, setting aside additional emergency funds for members facing evacuation," said Hunt. 

"This support is possible thanks to Humanity Fund contributions by thousands of individual USW members across Canada and to special contributions from the National and District offices of the USW," Neumann said.

Founded in 1985, the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is a registered charitable organization that focuses primarily on development projects and emergency aid in developing countries, and supports Canadian communities in crisis. United Steelworkers (USW) members contribute to the fund through clauses negotiated into collective agreements. In some cases, employers make matching contributions.