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B.C. forestry unions to hold joint Forest Workers Summit in Victoria

March 12, 2024  By CFI Staff

Photo courtesy Unifor.

Amidst the backdrop of mill closures, fibre supply shortages, and concerns over old-growth forests, British Columbia’s three major forestry unions are banding together for an unprecedented summit in Victoria.

Scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, at the Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina, the summit aims to address pressing issues facing forest workers and their communities. Organized jointly by Unifor, the United Steelworkers union (USW), and the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC), the event will feature discussions and the development of a proactive agenda.

Confirmed speakers include Premier David Eby, Minister of Forests Bruce Ralston, and Minister of State for Sustainable Forestry Innovation Andrew Mercier.

Leadership figures from the unions, including Gavin McGarrigle, Scott Lunny, and a senior representative from PPWC, will be present, along with over a hundred rank-and-file members from across B.C.’s forestry sector.


The summit signals a unified effort among forestry stakeholders to tackle industry challenges head-on and support workers, families, and communities affected by the evolving landscape of British Columbia’s forestry sector.

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