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Western Forest Products, union to return to bargaining table


September 5, 2019
By Western Forest Products

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Western Forest Products Inc announced that the company and the United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 (USW) expect to begin mediation with independent-mediator Vince Ready on September 13, 2019.

“We look forward to resuming discussions with the USW to negotiate a collective agreement that creates certainty for our employees, while maintaining Western’s competitive position during this particularly challenging time for the forest industry,” said Don Demens, president and CEO of Western. “It is important that we resume operations to supply our customers who, through their purchases, create thousands of jobs in B.C.”

The strike, which commenced on July 1, 2019, affects all the company’s USW certified manufacturing and timberlands operations in British Columbia, impacting approximately 1,500 of the company’s hourly employees and approximately 1,500 employees working for the company’s timberland operators and contractors.