BURNABY, BC, Dec. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers (USW) members
employed by Interior Forest Labour Relations Association (IFLRA) member
companies in the B.C. southern interior have ratified a five-year
Members of USW Locals 1-405 Cranbrook, 1-417 Kamloops and 1-423 Kelowna
have voted by a 66-per-cent majority in favour of a tentative agreement
reached Nov. 29.
The five-year deal provides significant pay enhancements for tradesmen
who will enjoy a 23-per-cent wage increase over the term of the
The deal has great news for members in apprenticeships, with living-out
allowances for all apprentices to be doubled to $40 a day/$280 a week,
mileage to be doubled to 50 cents per kilometre to attend school and
those attending school outside their community for more than six weeks
will qualify for a second round trip.
The new deal also contains wage increases of 13 per cent and $3,400 in
cash payments over the agreement's term.
The deal also brings improvements to health and welfare benefits,
including lifetime limits for Extended Health Benefits that increase
from $60,000 to $300,000 over the agreement's term. Plan C orthodontic
coverage increases to a maximum $4,000 with 'white fillings' now
covered, and vision care now includes laser eye surgery and eye exams
limits are increased to $400 in a 24-month period.
The B.C. Interior Bargaining Committee will bring the pattern deal to
the northern interior when they continue negotiations in the new year
with West Fraser and the Council on Northern Interior Forest Employment
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Bob Matters, USW Wood Council, 604-683-1117, 604-996-4476, firstname.lastname@example.org