Pensioner Health and Welfare & Pension Benefits

Pensioners with questions pertaining to their health and welfare benefit coverage should contact WEBC (Employee Services) at 604-689-7184.

Information about coverage is also available online.  Your password to access the information is longshore#1 at

The pension administrator can be contacted via his direct line:  604-694-2310.


Vancouver Pensioners Organization

When you retire from longshoring you can still keep in touch with the friends you made over the years by participating in the Vancouver Pensioners Organization and by attending the Annual Pensioners Picnic (3rd Thursday in July) and Annual Stag Banquet (2nd Thursday in October).

The Vancouver Pensioners Organization meets monthly as follows (Pensioners from all Locals invited):

MEETINGS: 1st Thursday of each month (no meetings in July & August)
TIME: 10:30 am (lasting 1-1.5 hours)
PLACE: Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver

Not only will you maintain or renew old friendships, but you’ll be kept up to date on Union activities with reports from the officers of ILWU Canada and Local 500, with periodic reports from the Union Pension and Benefits Trustees.

The meetings last from an hour to an hour and a half and are usually very informative, discussing Union activities, benefits, conferences and general interest topics that pertain to retirees.  The Pensioners Association looks forward to your participation.

The Pensioners Association held elections on March 2, 2017 and the following were elected:

President: Tom Dufresne
Vice President: Herbie Howe
Secretary Treasurer: Ted Grewcutt

Longtime Secretary Treasurer Barry Campbell decided to step down and did not run in this year’s election.  The Pensioners Association thanks him for his many years of service.


Pensioners Scholarships

In 2010, the Local 500 Pensioners instituted a Scholarship Program available to the sons, daughters and dependents of active Members in good standing of Local 500.

Specifically, they instituted two (2) $1000 Scholarships (the Pensioners Scholarship and the Bill Kemp Memorial Scholarship).

2017 sees the introduction of a third $1000 annual scholarship (the “Sante Urrico Memorial Scholarship”) in memory of past Local 500 Member and Pensioner Sante Urrico.

These three (3) $1000 scholarships are available on an annual basis as follows:

To view the Pensioners Scholarship Application Form & Notice.

Deadline to apply:  October 31 of the current year.
Completed applications should be handed in to the Local 500 office.
(Paper applications are available in the Local 500 office).

2018 Pensioners Scholarship Winners Announced

In 2018, including the “Sante Urrico Memorial Scholarship”, the Pensioners Group was in the position to offer five (5) scholarships.  The following students were the recipients of said five scholarships as  drawn at the November 21, 2018 Local 500 Membership Meeting:

Winner #1 – “Sante Urrico Memorial Scholarship” $1000.00 to Rianne Provido.
Winner #2 – “Bill Kemp Memorial Scholarship” $1000.00 to Dante Bassanese.
Winner #3 – Longshore Pensioners Scholarship $1000.00 to Daniel Morello.
Winner #4 – Longshore Pensioner Scholarship $500.00 to Teresa Pantusa.
Winner #5 – Longshore Pensioner Scholarship $500.00 to Ashira Bandesha.

To view a complete list of all scholarship recipients from 2010 to 2018, click here.