Unifor Local 780G is the result of a recent merger that brought together long established Locals in BC and Alberta. Our Local president, brother Alex Charles, is the full-time officer of the local based out of Vancouver, while our executive vice-president, Ray Wade is the full-time officer out of Edmonton.
History of Unifor Local 780G
Our Union is the largest union in several key sectors of Canada’s economy, including forestry, energy, telecommunications and media. Our Union has 300,000 members who live and work in small rural communities, and in large urban centres, from St John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, BC. They work in pulp and paper mills, telephone companies, mines, energy centres, sawmills, newspapers, printing shops, chemical plants, school boards, construction, software companies and credit unions. They are oil and gas workers, radio and television broad- casters, computer programers, health workers, journalists, and truckers. Unifor members work at a wide range of occupations in almost every industry in Canada.
Our National Union is the result of several mergers of unions to form the large and very influential Unifor. The head office is loccated in Ontario and our current elected national president is Jerry Dias. The national president and vice-presidents are elected by the membership at large.
Closer to home, the Unifor Western Regional office is located in New Westminster, BC. The National Convention occurs every two years at a time and place established by the National Executive Board. Convention delegate entitlement is determined by the size of the local.
The executive board that oversees the business of Unifor local 780G consists of the president, executive vice-president, three vice-presidents, recording secretary, treasurer and several board members representing various regions and branches of the trade.
Your Unifor local 780G Union Executive Board members are:
Alex Charles, President
Ray Wade, Executive Vice-President & Local 780G Union Organizer (Alberta)
Ed Geppert, Recording Secretary
Brenda Mason, Treasurer
Tony Lopes, Vice-President & Local 780G Union Representative
Alex Flostrand, Representative at Large & Local 780G Organizer (BC)
Kevin Warren, Representative at Large
Randy Springnatic, Representative at Large
Steve Berg, Representative at Large
Jeff Robinson, Representative at Large
Local elections occur every three years, with the next due in 2019. See the local by-laws for more information.
The local also employs a staff representative – brother Tony Lopes – who, under the direction of the president, takes care of the business of representing the members. Your right to confidentiality in your dealings with the union will be respected at all times.
The steward is always your first contact for questions about your workplace. If you do not know who your steward is (in some of the larger shops you may not meet them right away depending on your shift schedule) ask one of your co-workers, or call the Unifor local 780G office to find out.
Your steward will be able to inform you about your employer and your collective agreement. Any question that your steward is not comfortable with answering will be referred to the staff for a definitive response. As in the case of the union staff, your steward will be sensitive to the need for confidentiality, and can be trusted to respect your privacy.
Sister Toby Leonard who is a member of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 378 works in our Unifor Local 780G offices. Toby is available to help you out and answer questions you may have about the Locals health and welfare plan, our pension plans or other queries about Local 780G.
The regular Unifor local 780G office hours are Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am – 3:30 pm however Toby is only here Mondays Wednesdays and Thursdays. The office is still open on Tuesdays and Fridays however it does close if Local 780G’s representatives are away from the office. Please call and confirm we will be there on those days – thank you.