Media Advisory - Don't buy struck wood products: Steelworkers' Home Depot campaign goes continent-wide this weekend; Rona now included

    BURNABY, BC and PITTSBURGH, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - On Saturday, the United
Steelworkers (USW) campaign to inform consumers about struck wood products
will hit Home Depot outlets from Bangor Maine to Los Angeles, along with
locations in Prince George, Surrey, Coquitlam and Abbotsford, BC. Saturday's
leafleting also includes Rona outlets in Surrey, Mission and Maple Ridge.
    Steelworkers and their supporters will distribute leaflets on Saturday
(Aug. 25) 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 five 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.
    In BC, the leafleting will take place at Home Depots in: Prince George,
5959 O'Grady Road; Surrey, 12701 110th Ave.; Coquitlam, 1900 United Blvd.; and
Abbotsford, 1956 Vedder Way.
    Rona outlets to be leafleted include: Surrey, 16659 Fraser Hwy; Mission,
32290 Lougheed Hwy; and Maple Ridge, 21213 Lougheed Hwy.
    By not purchasing the labeled products, consumers support a safer, better
forest industry in BC, and one that provides quality products.

    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: Scott Lunny, (604) 329-5308; Manjit Sidhu,
(604) 315-2280; Wayne Ranick (Pittsburgh), (412) 562-2444

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