Tentative deal reached in eight-month forestry labour dispute

By / Cindy E. Harnett / Times Colonist

A tentative agreement in an eight-month forestry labour dispute has been struck, days after the province re-appointed special mediators.

Western Forest Products and United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 confirmed this morning they have agreed to the terms of a tentative collective agreement.

The tentative agreement is subject to a ratification vote by USW membership. The union’s bargaining committee has advised that it will be recommending that its members accept this agreement, a statement from the company said.

“With the assistance of special mediators, 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 chief executive officer of Western Forest Products. “This has been a particularly challenging time and I’m pleased that we were able to find common ground through the efforts of all involved.”