Dispute update – USW vs Western Forest Products

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Re: USW vs Western Forest Products – Picket locations and dispute update

More than 2600 United Steel Workers in local 1-1937 have taken job action against Western Forest Products. The strike commenced on Monday, July 1st after talks broke down. The strike is supported by a 98.8% strike vote. The company is seeking a series of concessions to the pension plan and other benefits. Other issues include wages and the company’s drug and alcohol policy. USW has reached agreements in both the northern and southern interior.

USW is asking affiliates to visit picket lines to show support. Most picket locations are on Vancouver Island. A list of locations is attached. Please note, locations listed in red are PPWC locations and do not have pickets.


A further strike coordinating call will be scheduled as necessary. If you have specific questions about how your members are or may be impacted, you can contact Brian Butler, local president at BButler@usw1-1937.ca or Jeff Bromley, wood council chairperson at jbromley@usw.ca. For general information regarding BCFED strike coordination for this dispute, please contact BCFED director Denise Moffatt at dmoffatt@bcfed.ca.

In solidarity,

Laird Cronk


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