Steelworkers reach tentative agreement with Interfor

    Striking union members at three sawmills to vote this week

    BURNABY, BC, Nov. 5 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) and
International Forest Products (Interfor) have reached a tentative agreement,
which the union will be taking to its members for ratification later this
    Union members at three Lower Mainland sawmills - Hammond Cedar,
Queensboro Division, and Acorn Division - have been on strike against Interfor
since late July.
    USW members settled a strike against member companies of Forest
Industrial Relations (FIR) two weeks ago. Interfor withdrew from FIR during
the last collective agreement, choosing to bargain independently with the
    The tentative agreement is substantially the same as the FIR agreement.
However, it does include enhanced language to provide union members with
severance pay in the case of partial closure of any of the three Interfor
    The USW still has outstanding negotiations with two other independent
companies. Talks are resuming this week with Island Timberlands. TimberWest
and the union have scheduled non-binding mediation to resolve outstanding
issues between the parties.

For further information:

For further information: CONTACT: Bob Matters (USW Wood Council Chair),
(604) 683-1117, (604) 966-4476

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