.: Welcome to About Us
Our Pension Plan
The Pulp and Paper Industry Pension Plan is designed
to provide retirement income to employees in the pulp and paper
The Pension Model is linked to your personal pension
information and will calculate pension estimates for you for different
situations, such as at various retirement dates, at different percentages
of full time work in the future, and whether or not you have a spouse
at retirement. You can also generate pension estimates that are
based on either your current earnings and benefit rate or on your
projected earnings and projected benefit rates.
Pension Model is linked to your personal pension information
and will calculate pension estimates for you for different situations,
such as at various retirement dates
.: William(Bill) Frances Hickey
William Francis (Bill) Hickey came to Northwood Pulp
in April 1966 from Alcan Smelter, Kitimat, where he worked as a
heavy duty mechanic. He was hired at Northwood as a garage mechanic
specializing in diesels.
Bill became active in Local 603 affairs under the
old regime of the International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulfphite and
Papermill workers. He was recording secretary for one term in 1967
and became president. He held that position from 1968 to 1975.
While at Northwood he accomplished many feats. He
brought many workers into organized labor. He organized Kitimat
local 298, Peace Wood Products, Taylor BC, Rim Forest Products and
Hazelton BC just to name a few.
He was a strong believer in unionism. He believed
that numbers were the key to a strong union, however, Canadians
were becoming disgruntled with American leadership and supported
the amiable separation from the International Union to a Canadian
Paper workers Union, affiliated with the Canadian Labor Congress
and BC Federation of Labor. In future years the CPU and other unions
merged to become bigger and now boasts a larger membership known
as the Communications, Energy & Paper workers Union.
Bill had an attribute that many people do not possess.
He could talk to anyone, as a worker to another worker and to management
as well. He was an astute bargainer and strategist. He was also
highly respected by fellow wage delegates and Union leaders.
Bill served on many high profile committees. He
emphasized Pensions and his efforts were rewarded when in 1975,
a Pension Plan became reality during negotiations. He was a servant
to Local 603. He unified production and maintenance workers and
kept harmony within the ranks.
In 1975 Bill accepted a Union staff job as a Service
Representative servicing local unions of the north. In August 1982
Bill suffered a debilitating stroke.
Bill passed away on July 19th, 2007.
In 1985 this local union became known as Bill Hickey
Local 603 for our thanks to a true spirited Trade unionist who gave
his all for the betterment of this membership.