Unifor members rally for fair softwood lumber agreement
June 19, 2017 - Unifor members are rallying today at Irving Pulp and Paper, Limited. to encourage the federal government to reach a fair negotiated softwood lumber deal with the U.S. that protects good Canadian jobs.
“The federal government’s recent aid package for the industry was important, but the most important outcome is a negotiated softwood lumber agreement with the U.S. that benefits Canadian communities,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “With the right choices and strong action, Canada’s forestry industry can continue to have a key role in our economy.”
Unifor has organized this as one of five simultaneous events across the country. Forestry employers have been invited to participate in the rallies and join in the call for a fair trade deal that protects good jobs in Canada.
“We are pleased to see so many forestry employers throughout the Atlantic joining with us to highlight the importance of the sector to so many communities and families across the region,” said Lana Payne, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director.
Forestry provides 202,000 direct jobs in 650 communities across Canada, including more than 20,000 in Atlantic Canada. Forestry supply and transport companies create thousands more jobs; and the economic activity generated by the spending of forestry workers creates even more. For every forestry job, 1.5 jobs are created elsewhere in the economy. In total, forestry is responsible for more than half a million Canadian jobs.
After imposing a 20 per cent countervailing tariff on Canadian softwood exports last month, it is anticipated that the Trump administration will add to those with “anti-dumping” tariffs on June 23.
For more information about the forestry sector’s contribution to Canada, visit the Unifor campaign website at www.unifor.org/softwood.
Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.