UNIFOR LOCAL 2000
We’re media specialists
Our union represents more than 700 media workers throughout B.C., primarily the newspaper and printing industries. We also represent Purdy’s Chocolatier, which employs approximately 200 of our members in Vancouver. Our workplaces range from the province’s largest newspapers – The Vancouver Sun and The Province, to dozens of smaller community papers, including the Surrey Now Leader, the Langley Advance Times, Abbotsford News, the Burnaby Now and the New Westminster Record, the Tri-City News and the Prince George Citizen. Our union is organized into industry-based councils: Pacific Newspaper Group, community papers, printing and chocolates. The councils share information and coordinate strategies at regular meetings.
Unifor Local 2000 is the oldest continuous union in the province. The founding charter of our predecessor union dates back to 1884. We’re focused on the future, with 700 members who are journalists, designers, programmers, artists, salespeople, mailers, press operators and more. New members are always welcome. You gain from our decades of defending the rights of working people.
Our members work primarily in the newspaper and printing industries throughout British Columbia. We also represent a chocolate factory – Purdys Chocolates – which employs about 200 of our members in Vancouver. Our workplaces range from the province’s largest newspapers – The Vancouver Sun and The Province, to dozens of community papers, like the Burnaby NOW and the Tri-City News.
We are reaching out, offering experience and expertise, to people working in all sectors.
A Home for New Media
We are currently reaching out — offering our experience and expertise — to people who work in the video gaming, visual effects and digital animation industries in B.C. We believe our union can be a powerful voice representing the interests of those who work in these thriving sectors.
Our Officers and Staff
These officers work with the councils to deal with the day-to-day concerns of our members. We also have national representatives assigned to our Local. Additionally, we have one support staff who works in our downtown Vancouver office.
Our Local is part of Unifor, the country’s largest private-sector union, with more than 315,000 workers in almost every industry. We are also active with Unifor’s B.C. Regional Council and National Media Council.
Brian Gibson is in his third term as president of Unifor Local 2000. He is a trustee on the Pacific Newspaper Group Pension Plan, the Unifor Multi-Employer Pension Plan and the Unifor Print Industry Health and Welfare Plan. He is also a Unifor discussion leader, teaching union courses to members from across Canada. He is on leave from his job at the Pacific Newspaper Group’s advertising and production department.
Bill Catterall is a longtime union activist and executive member with Local 2000, formerly CEP and The Newspaper Guild. He is a trustee on the Pacific Newspaper Group Pension Plan and has served as Chairperson of the PNG Council and the Audit Committee. His day job is Systems Support in Reader Services/Business Technology at Pacific Newspaper Group.
Pat Bulmer is a longtime shop steward, activist and executive member with Local 2000 and its predecessor local 226. His day job is city editor at the Kelowna Daily Courier.