Forest Industrial Relations opens contract discussions with United Steelworkers

    VANCOUVER, March 16 /CNW/ - Forest Industrial Relations announced that it
began discussions today with the United Steelworkers union for a new
management-labour Master Agreement affecting unionized employees of 31 BC
coastal logging and forest products manufacturing companies.
    Forest Industrial Relations negotiates on behalf of the 31 companies,
which collectively employ approximately 4,500 members of the United
Steelworkers in five local unions: 1-2171, 1-80, 1-85, 1-363 and 1-3567. A
four-year Master Agreement between the union and the companies expires on
June 15, 2007.
    Terry Lineker, President and Chief Executive Officer, Forest Industrial
Relations, said, "While the operational and competitive challenges faced by
our member companies have worsened during the term of the last collective
agreement, our members recognize and appreciate the hard work and dedication
of their employees in the face of these challenges. We look forward to
negotiating a new agreement that will benefit all members and their employees
and allow the BC coastal forest industry to grow and prosper."

For further information:

For further information: Longview Communications: Ron Shewchuk, (604)
694-6037, Email:; Alan Bayless, (604) 694-6035,

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