United Steelworkers & Mosaic reach agreements-in-principle for Vancouver Island logging operations
By PJ Boyd
In an announcement made May 12, Mosaic Forest Management announced that they have reached agreements-in-principle with United Steelworkers (USW, Local 1-1937) that will bring increased collaboration, flexibility and certainty for workers.
Following finalization from USW member ratification and corporate approvals, these agreements will deliver:
improved job opportunities and long-term security for USW members;
better operational flexibility relating to the movement of contractors, equipment and logs across Mosaic’s South Island operations;
unionization of Mosaic’s two shipping facilities at Island Terminals (Duke Point) and South Island Logistics Facility (Crofton); and
- certainty for USW members and Mosaic through a renewed collective agreement at Northwest Bay Operation which will run from 2020 to 2025.
“Working together with Mosaic on unionizing the shipping facilities also reflects our collective desire for policies that support access to both international and domestic log markets,” says Brian Butler, president of USW Local 1-1937. “Given the current context, the USW 1-1937 supports immediate temporary relief on federal log export policy for private land to kick-start the Coastal forest sector, on which thousands of workers, their families and communities depend.”
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