www.usw1-1937.ca/letter-to-john-horgan.html United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 represents 6,100 men and women in a variety of occupations, including the forestry industry, throughout the coastal bc region. “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.” The agreement also provides the company with additional operational flexibility in its logging operation by allowing the introduction of SUPPLÉMENTAIRES contractors to ensure that it meets its annual reduction requirements. Western Forest Products Inc. announced that its hourly employees, represented by United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 (ETC), have voted in favour of the interim agreement to replace the collective agreement that expires on June 14, 2019. The new five-year collective agreement will enter into force on 15 June 2019 and expire on 14 June 2024 and provides for general wage increases as follows: According to the WFP communication, the new contract also provides for improvements in health and social security and clarifies the application of Western drug and alcohol policy. The press release states that Western has maintained its management rights for the operation of alternative positions, while accepting an improved job verification process. “Our members opposed a company that wanted to break up our local union,” said Brian Butler, President of ETC Local 1-1937. “You chose the wrong fight with the wrong local union. Our members negotiated a contract that achieved many of our members` objectives and, above all, did not make concessions to Western forest products. According to a USW press release, USW members working for contractors representing forest industrial relations ratified the agreement at 93%. To view Solidarity News Winter Edition, click on the link below.
www.usw1-1937.ca/solidarity-news.html “We are pleased to have a new collective agreement that recognizes the significant contributions of our employees and allows Es Western to serve our customers who, through their purchases, support thousands of jobs on the B.C. coast,” said Don Demens, President and CEO. “We are focused on planning for a safe return to employment and, while our goal is to start operating as quickly as possible, commissioning will depend on the availability of staff and contractors, market demand, weather conditions and sufficient wood supply.” 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. The new agreement also provides for improvements in health and social protection services and clarifies the application of Western alcohol and drug policy. Western maintained its management rights to operate other layers, while accepting a strengthened position verification process. The agreement also provides the company with additional operational flexibility in its logging operation by allowing the introduction of SUPPLÉMENTAIRES contractors to ensure that it meets its annual reduction requirements. This press release contains statements that may represent forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws. Readers are cautioned not to improperly rely on forward-looking statements. All statements mentioned above, in the absence of historical facts, may be forward-looking statements and may be identified by the use of words such as “will,” “may,” “expect” and similar references to future periods.