More than 230 workers in British Columbia have voted to join Unifor. New Local 4960 was formerly the Canadian Pipeline Employees Association, representing workers in raw gas pipeline, booster stations, and processing plants.
"Unifor is Canada's energy union," said Joie Warnock, Unifor's Western Director. "We look forward to working with Local 4960 and we know that they will make an important contribution to the movement."
Located in cities and towns across BC, Local 4960 workers maintain the raw gas gathering pipeline systems that feed the processing plants located in Northeast B.C. to the natural gas transmission pipeline systems running from Ft. Nelson in the northeast to the Washington State border.
The local unites a diverse group of trades people and skilled workers, including plant and station operators, steam engineers, electricians, instrumentation techs, welders, millwrights, mechanics, piggers, valve techs, pipeliners, corrosion techs, warehousemen, gas controllers, and communication techs.
The Local chose “4960” to reflect the geographic scope of the membership, from the 49th parallel at the U.S. border to the 60th parallel at the Yukon border.