Why Join 97?

BestDecision1Ironworkers often describe joining Local 97 as the smartest move they ever made. This is no surprise, as becoming a member of 97 confers a number of important advantages.

  • Solidity. Local 97 represents over 1,800 ironworkers throughout British Columbia and, as the old saying goes, there’s strength in numbers!
  • Brotherhood. It’s a great feeling knowing that you belong to a family and that your brothers and sisters have got your back.
  • Transparency. Local 97 ironworkers are encouraged to speak their minds at the monthly membership meetings, participate in the activities of the Local, and run for positions on our Executive Committee. Local 97 is a member-driven organization.
  • Benefits. Local 97’s Health & Welfare Plan is administered by D.A. Townley & Associates and it offers full coverage in the following areas: Extended Health {including Vision Care}, Dental, Long Term Disability, Group Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance, Weekly Indemnity, and Employee/Family Assistance.
  • Wages. The Local 97 team works hard, whenever it negotiates a Collective Agreement, to ensure that members are paid what they deserve.
  • BestDecision2bEducation. We offer a variety of classes and training sessions so that our ironworkers have every chance to achieve their full potential.
  • Safety. At Local 97, keeping you out of harm’s way is one of our top priorities.
  • Adventure. Members who wish to travel can work throughout BC, and boom out all over North America and around the world.
  • Protection. Our members rest easy knowing that, if they ever have an issue on the job, they’ll be assisted by an expert team of business agents, business managers, lawyers, organizers, office administrators, and trade improvement specialists.

And let’s not forget our construction industry alliances!

Local 97 has over a hundred signatory contractors, and this gives our members excellent mobility and security. The size of our network increases the odds that 97 ironworkers will enjoy regular and reliable employment with work standards that are not only consistent but better overall.