Western Forest Products Collective Agreement
“With the support of Vince Ready and Amanda Rogers, we have reached a fair and equitable agreement that balances the needs of our employees and our business,” said Don Demens, President and CEO of Western. “This was a particularly difficult time, and I am pleased that the efforts of all stakeholders have allowed us to find common ground.” Estone pointed out that the forest industry generally sees an increase in demand in the spring. According to a WFP press release, the new five-year collective agreement will enter into force on June 15, 2019 and expire on June 14, 2024. With regard to wages, the contract offers an increase of 3 per cent in the first year, a two per cent increase in years two and three, a 3 per cent increase in the fourth year and a 2.5 per cent increase in the fifth year. “I`m delighted that they`ve reached an agreement,” said the mayor, who also said it would take time for people and businesses in the region to get back on their feet. Approximately 3,000 Vancouver Island forestry and contracting workers, represented by United Steelworkers Union Local 1-1937, have been unemployed since July 1, which can be done in the event of loss of pension, seniority and long-term disability benefits. “This dispute has cost a huge toll to workers and their families, as well as to the entire coastal forest community,” he said in a February 6 press release. “We want everyone back to work.” It is fortunate that there are no concessions in the preliminary agreement. “We are pleased to have a new collective agreement that recognizes the significant contributions of our employees and allows Western to serve our customers who, through their purchases, support thousands of jobs on the B.C.
coast,” said Don Demens, President of wfP and Ceo. “We are focused on planning for a safe return to work and, while our goal is to start operating as quickly as possible, commissioning will depend on staff availability and contractors, market demand, weather conditions and adequate wood supply.” The agreement has yet to be ratified by members of the United Steelworkers. The Union Bargaining Committee has indicated that it will recommend that its members accept it. The agreement between the company and the union was announced on Monday. B.c.. Coastal timber producer Western Forest Products and the union, which represents more than 3,000 striking forestry workers, have agreed to the terms of an interim collective agreement. Don Demens, President and CEO of Western Forest Products, called the agreement “fair and just” in a press release and said it was offsetting the needs of employees and company Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forestry, Land, Resources and Rural Development, in a statement. and support their families and communities. United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 (ETC) has ratified its agreement with Western Forest Products, with workers voting 81.9 per cent in favour of adoption.