Forest Industrial Relations reaches settlement with USW

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Forest Industrial Relations (FIR) today
announced it has reached an agreement with the United Steelworkers union (USW)
to end the current strike.
    The agreement is subject to ratification by USW members and FIR member
companies. If the settlement is approved, work could resume as early as
Oct. 22. The strike began on July 20.
    "We recognize that the strike has been a difficult time for everyone and
we are pleased that the union has accepted our latest offer," said Terry
Lineker, president of FIR. "We hope to soon get back to the important task of
rebuilding the coastal forest products industry for the benefit of both
employers and employees."

    FIR represents 31 logging and wood manufacturing companies with
approximately 4,500 unionized employees operating on the British Columbia

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