Old Challenges, New Opportunities: The Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada

Canadians understand the role that large unions play in our economy. But what about the smaller, independent unions throughout the country, those with a few thousand members working in towns and rural communities?

This is the case of the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada (PPWC), a fiercely democratic, independent union that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

For half a century, the PPWC has maintained its core principles through times good and bad. Predicting the slowdown in the pulp and paper industry in Canada, the union has fought hard to expand its membership to education, hospitality and health care workers.

At its most recent convention, members debated a move that would change the direction of the union forever, a new name that would symbolize its move towards younger workers in developing industries.

  • Sean Cain
    Director
  • Sean Cain
    Writer
  • Sean Cain
    Editors
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Social, Labour, Union, Canada
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 24, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 1080 HD, 24 fps
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director - Sean Cain