Media Advisory - Don't buy struck wood products: Steelworkers' campaign targets Home Depot across Canada this weekend



    BURNABY, BC, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) is ramping up
the campaign to inform consumers about struck wood products at outlets of The
Home Depot across Canada, in cities from Kamloops, BC to St. John's, 13 in
all.
    Steelworkers and their supporters will distribute leaflets on Saturday
(Aug. 18) to convince consumers not to purchase wood products labeled by
Western Forest Products, Interfor and Weyerhaeuser (Cedar One).
    USW members have been on strike for four weeks against Western, Interfor
and other employers over working conditions, including those affecting health
and safety. Since 2004, many employers, backed by a BC-government-legislated
collective agreement, have imposed work days of 12-16 hours, when hours on the
job and travel time are factored together.
    Since January, 2005, more than 65 BC forest workers have been killed.
Last year a coroner's jury confirmed that unsafe shifts and contracting out
have increased the likelihood of injuries and fatalities.
    The leafleting will take place at Home Depot outlets in: Kamloops, BC;
Edmonton; Saskatoon; Winnipeg; Ontario cities Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie,
Sudbury, Kitchener and Hamilton; Montreal; Quebec City; Sydney, NS; St.
John's, NL.
    By not purchasing the labeled products, consumers support a safer, better
forest industry in BC, and one that provides quality products.

    Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer,
with well over 2,100 stores around the world. Last year it had over US
$90-billion in sales.

    The USW is Canada's most diverse union, representing more than 280,000
men and women working in every sector of Canada's economy. It is North
America's largest industrial union with more than 850,000 active members.




For further information:

For further information: Steve Hunt (USW Western Canada Director), (604)
816-2554; Bob Matters (USW Wood Council Chair), (604) 996-4478; Randy Gatzka
(Burnaby, Kamloops), (604) 525-7481; Keith Turcotte (Edmonton), (403)
279-9397; Bernie Welke (Saskatoon), (306) 382-2122; Wayne Skrypnyk (Winnipeg),
(204) 940-3050; Herb Daniher (Thunder Bay), (807) 345-0371; Jack Ostroski
(Sault Ste. Marie), (705) 941-1224; Dan O'Reilly (Sudbury), (705) 675-2461;
Tom Walsh (Kitchener), (519) 650-3405; Tony DePaulo (Hamilton), (905)
869-0760; Michel Arsenault (USW Quebec Director), (514) 850-2240; Ken Dawson
(Sydney), (506) 857-0999; Boyd Bussey (St. John's), (709) 753-0864


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