BCARTW and TWU, USW Unit R55 Application Forms

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All forms must be printed, filled in manually, then mailed to the address on the form.

Option #1 – Full Membership

You must be collecting a pension from the TWPP to use Option #1.

Members who join the BCARTW are encouraged to join TWU Local R55. The BCARTW will pay the TWU, USW Unit R55 initiation and annual membership fees on behalf of the members, from their BCARTW annual dues. There is no additional cost to the member to join both organizations.

Application for Membership

TWU, USW Unit R55 Membership Application

The BCARTW encourages all retired TWU members in BC to join TWU, USW Unit R55.

Since 2008, Unit R55 has been able to send delegates to TWU Conventions. It is at these conventions that our delegates are able to speak on issues affecting retirees and vote on issues affecting retirees. The number of delegates the Unit is able to send is determined by the number of members in the Unit.

Membership in Unit R55 is open to all BC members of the TWU, USW Local 1944 who retired as a member in good standing of the Union. Unlike the requirements for membership in the BCARTW, there is no requirement to be in receipt of a pension from the TWPP (e.g. retired members from the TWU, USW Shaw certifications).

Membership is also open to former members of the TWU, USW who are on deferred pension from the TWPP.

Unit R55 Application for Membership

Note: Email is the quickest and easiest form of communication. Email also helps us keep costs down for communicating information such as dues reminders. If you would like to share your email address with us, please send it to

Option #2  – Non-voting Membership 

Application for Non-Voting Membership

If you are paying your dues online see Dues Payment Options below.

Bylaw 2.2: A non-voting member in the Society is a member who has paid into the Telecommunication Workers Pension Plan but is eligible to collect a pension at a later date.
Bylaw 2.5: Non-voting members shall have the right to attend and speak at all general meetings of the Society but shall not have the right to vote. They shall not have the right to run for the Board of Directors until they become voting members
Dues Payment Options

The BCARTW is able to accept dues payments by cheque, cash, or online through certain financial institutions. Online bill payment is available through the BC Central Credit Union, and the Bank of Montreal. The Royal Bank, Scotiabank, CIBC, and TD Bank are not available for electronic bill payment.

See the following Dues Payment Options for additional information and instructions for online payments. Sorry, we are unable, at this time, to accept payment by credit card or PayPal.

If you are paying by cheque, please make your cheque payable to BCARTW or BC Association of Retired Telecommunications Workers.

As a convenience you may pay in advance for future years ($20.00 for 2 years, $30.00 for 3 years, etc.). Paying in advance saves us all time and mailing costs.

Please forward your membership dues prior to April 30 each year. Dues payments can be mailed to:

Dianne Miller – BCARTW Treasurer
5650 Alder Way
Nanaimo, BC  V9T 5N4
1-888-898-5755 toll free

BC Association of Retired Telecommunication Workers