BURNABY, BC, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers (USW) members have
ratified a four-year collective agreement with Western Forest Products.
The agreement, retroactive to June 15, 2010, covers some 2,400 Local
1-1937 and 1-85 members at sawmilling and woodlands operations on
Vancouver Island, the Mainland Coast and the Haida Gwaii.
The agreement provides two-per-cent wage increases in the third and
fourth years and new job security provisions in the event of permanent
All unionized WFP and unionized contractors operations will remain in
the USW. The company will grant the union access to non-union worksites
for the purposes of organizing.
"Now that we have a collective agreement, we are optimistic that WFP
will be able to find new long-term commitments in the global marketplace
which will help get our members back to work in both manufacturing and
logging," said USW Wood Council Chair Bob Matters.
The new agreement includes increases to life insurance and accidental
death and dismemberment coverage, stabilizes the long-term disability
plan with additional contributions, and maintains preferential hiring
The agreement also applies to "me-too" employers on the B.C. Coast.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information: For further information:
Bob Matters, 604-683-1117, 604-996-4476.