Negotiations between Conifer and the United Steelworkers Union …

Negotiations between Conifer and the United Steelworkers Union …

Further to Madison’s story yesterday about the south interior of British Columbia issuing a 72-hour strike notice

United Steelworkers Issue 72-hour Strike Notice to IFLRA

This morning comes word that

Negotiations between Conifer and the United Steelworkers Union representing sawmill workers across Northern BC have cooled for the time being, said My Prince George Now. However, the action is starting to heat up further south according to 1 – 2017 Local President Brian O’Rourke.

“The three mills in the southern interior took strike votes with the membership and ended up with a 98% strike mandate from their members and currently have it in their back pocket today as we go back to the table with IFLRA in Kelowna.”

He says there are three members of the Conifer negotiating committee also sitting with the Interior Forest Labour Relations Association making it impossible to be at the table at the same time.

“We are currently at the table with the IFLRA, once we strike a deal or an impasse with them then hopefully we will return to the table with conifer.”

The union represents 13 sawmills in Northern B.C. including Tolko in Quesnel and Williams Lake, the West Fraser planer mill in the Lake City and Dunkley Lumber.

It also includes operations in Prince George, Houston, Burns Lake, Fort St. James, Fort St. John and Mackenzie.

This includes over 1,500 forestry workers, according to My Prince George Now.

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