Latest News

Yukon workers at Parsons Inc. in Faro join the United Steelworkers union

April 12, 2024
Workings from Parsons Inc holding a USW flag under the Northern Lights

WHITEHORSE, YT – With the support of the United Steelworkers union (USW) and the Yukon Federation of Labour, workers at Parsons Inc. at the Faro Rehabilitation Mine Project have been certified by the Canadian Industrial Relations Board to join the USW. The workers are set to begin the process of negotiating for better working conditions, fair wages and improved treatment from their employer.

“The decision by workers at Parsons Inc. to unionize marks a new chapter in their journey towards justice, equality and improved working conditions, and is a testament to their unity and determination,” said Chad Sedrovic, USW organizer.

“This effort sets an inspiring example for other workers facing similar struggles, demonstrating that with unity and determination, positive change is not only possible but achievable. These workers deserve fair wages in accordance with industry standards in the Yukon and they need a safe worksite,” said Sedrovic.

Currently, approximately 70 employees are working on the Faro water remediation program at Parsons Inc. They play a crucial role in treating the water and surrounding area of the abandoned Faro mine site.

Workers at Parsons are in the process of cleaning large amounts of water and restoring land desolated by mining operations so that it can one day be returned, pristine and uncontaminated, to Indigenous communities.

“This victory will not only benefit the workers at Parsons Inc., but it also is an example for other workers facing similar challenges in the Yukon and across Canada,” said Scott Lunny, USW Director for Western Canada and the Territories.

“By joining our union, these workers are showing that with solidarity and determination, they can stand up for their rights to make positive changes in their workplaces. Our union looks forward to supporting these workers in advocating for their rights and ensuring their voices are heard. We hope a first collective agreement that respects and recognizes the work they do can be reached quickly,” said Lunny.

The USW represents 225,000 members in nearly every economic sector across Canada and is the largest private-sector union in North America, with 850,000 members in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW because of our strong track record in creating healthier, safer and more respectful workplaces and negotiating better working conditions and fairer compensation – including good wages, benefits and pensions.

Workers who are interested in joining the USW should visit for more information.

Join our newsletter

Media Contact

Scott Lunny
USW Director for Western Canada

Chad Sedrovic
USW Organizer

Brett Barden
USW Communications

Recent news

USW District 3 Logo

Bill 25 and “Rising Tide” Haida Title Lands Agreement a major step forward: Steelworkers

May 16, 2024 | Media Releases

The United Steelworkers union (USW) District 3 is committed to reconciliation with B.C. First Nations and supports Bill 25, Haida Nation Recognition Amendment Act, 2024. The “Rising Tide” Haida Title Lands Agreement is a major step forward. “We acknowledge our role in addressing the legacy of colonialism and we support the B.C. government doing the […]

Read More
Click to read the article about Bill 25 and “Rising Tide” Haida Title Lands Agreement a major step forward: Steelworkers
USW District 3 Logo

Canfor’s decision to not invest in Houston: a political move or economics?

May 15, 2024 | District 3 memo

To: BC Local Unions, BC Staff From: Scott Lunny, Jeff Bromley Last week, forestry company Canfor announced it was reneging on the corporation’s commitment to rebuild sawmill operations in Houston, BC. Canfor also took the opportunity to announce that the indefinite closure of Polar Sawmill in Bear Lake, BC, was now permanent and that hundreds […]

Read More
Click to read the article about Canfor’s decision to not invest in Houston: a political move or economics?