MONCTON, NB, June 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor has issued a statement in
strong support of New Brunswick's provincial forestry plan saying that
investment in the sector is vital for communities and good jobs across
"The forestry industry has undergone a huge transition over the last
decade and we saw a third of the jobs in this sector disappear across
the country," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "The forestry
industry plays a vital role in the New Brunswick economy in particular.
If we are serious about growing the local economy, creating and
maintaining good jobs, and having a stable and sustainable industry, we
have to think strategically about our resource management and we
believe that's what has been done here."
The statement is signed by presidents of local forestry unions across
the province as well as the local and federal leadership at Unifor. It
addresses issues of sustainability, industry investment, environmental
protection and the balance that was achieved between various
stakeholders by the forestry plan.
"This plan opened the doors to investment in our industry that hasn't
been seen since the early 1990's," said Ian Hutchison, president of
Local 601N in Saint John. "We are proud of the work that has been done
by our union leadership with industry and government to invest in our
To read the statement, please visit www.unifor.org/news.
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto
Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
With more than 305,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the
For further information:
Rino Ouellet, Area Director
Shelley Burgoyne, Communications