United Steelworkers at Canfor 97 per cent in favour of strike action

Northern B.C. members have been without a contract since June 30, and the union says it has hit an “impasse” in negotiations. 

“Your bargaining committee feel strongly the present offer does not reflect the sacrifices made by our members over the past six years during the severe economic challenges nor does it address wages for production, tradesmen or your pension plan funding,” it wrote when announcing the pending strike vote. “Seeking a strike vote from the membership is not something we take lightly but at this point in negotiations it’s necessary to ask the members for a mandate to back-up your demands for a fair and reasonable agreement.”

At issue are sticking points like wage increases and funding its pension plan. 

It’s hoped the strike vote will send a “clear message’ to Canfor.

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