About Us

Union History

The Machinists’ Fitters & Helpers Industrial Union Local 3 (Machinists Local 3) held its’ first union meeting in November 1941. We are a Canadian Union and were affiliated to the Shipyard General Workers’ Federation of BC in 1949 which is also a Canadian Federation.

Machinists Local 3 operates on Vancouver Island and is affiliated with the Victoria Labour Council, Nanaimo, Duncan and District Labour Council and the BC Federation of Labour. We are also affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress through the Shipyard General Workers’ Federation.

We represent workers on Vancouver Island at the Department of National Defence – Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton, Victoria Shipyards Co. Ltd., Nicholson Manufacturing Ltd., Ramsay Machine Works Ltd., Nanaimo Foundry & Engineering Works Ltd. and Air Liquide Canada.

Machinists Local 3 currently has 400 members.