JANUARY 6, 2022

The next Pensioners’ meeting is scheduled for January 6, 2022 providing all the COVID rules stay the same.

The Provincial Health Order states that to attend a meeting of this size, a person must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask.

Therefore, a VACCINE PASSPORT will be required for entry at the main door to the building.  There will be no access from the Local 500 office.

The Executive would like to thank everyone who paid their 2021 dues either by mail, or in person. THANK YOU!!  On that note, the 2022 dues are due starting in January 2022.

We would also like to takes this opportunity to wish all of our members and their families the very best of the holiday season and the New Year.  We hope to see you in person next year.

The Pensioners’ Club Executive.


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.  Go to and you will be able to access the Pensioners’ Benefit Booklet, get forms, etc.

The pension administrator can be contacted via by dialing 604-689-7184 and hitting 7.


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 5, 2020 and the following were elected:

President: Herbie Howe
Vice President: Al Lemmonier
Secretary Treasurer: Ted Grewcutt


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).


2021 Pensioners Scholarship Winners Announced

The Pensioners Committee is pleased to report that the following people were selected as winners by a lottery draw at the November Local 500 Executive Meeting.  This year, they were able to offer a total of 4 scholarships.  The scholarships were for $1,000.00 each.

The Sante Urrico Memorial Scholarship $1000.00 WINNER – Jordan Suraj Sunder
Son of Randy Sunder
The Randy (the Rampage) Archibald Scholarship $1000.00 WINNER – Anna Maria Hruska
Daughter of Jan Hruski
The Bill Kemp Memorial Scholarship $1000.00 WINNER – Amika Olivia Watari
Daughter of deceased member Eric Howe
The Longshore Pensioners’ Scholarship $1000.00 WINNER – Jaqueline August Morris
Daughter of Glenn Morris

Past Recipients

Scholarship Funding

Pensioners Scholarships are funded from the proceeds of the 50/50 Draws held at the Membership Meetings of Local 500.  Except for the Sante Urrico Scholarship which is funded by the Urrico family and the Randy Archibald Scholarship which is funded by Susanne Tabata.