Logging trucks on strike in Fort St. John

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Kurt Halladay, a truck owner/operator who says he's spearheaded the movement, says the drivers are tired of putting up with paycuts for the last four years and are looking for a raise.

"Nobody wants to be doing this, but we're tired of being strong-armed."

According to Halladay, the drivers make $140 an hour on average, which could be up to $80 less than the oil field trucks make. Oil field drivers are still delivering to and from the Fort St. John plants.

Halladay says negotiations are happening between the contractors and the loggers, and offers are being brought to the drivers for approval, although he is not involved in the negotiations. Two weeks ago, Halladay says Canfor even tried to give them a pay cut, retroactive to October 24, of up to $9/hour. He hopes an agreement between the two sides can be made soon.

"We all want to be back to work, and Canfor wants us back at work. We just don't want to go backwards when we go back."

Energeticcity.ca has placed calls to both Canfor and the B.C. Federation of Labour for comment and will update this story accordingly.


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