Canfor Steelworkers vote 97% in favor of strike as USW Local negotiating collective agreement for 1,500 members in 10 Canfor operations in British Columbia Interior heads back to bargaining table this week

LOS ANGELES , September 16, 2013 () – United Steelworkers (USW) union members employed by Canfor Corp. in the British Columbia Interior have voted 97% in favor of strike action, arming their negotiators as USW officials prepare to sit down with the lumber company for more bargaining this week, the Prince George Free Press reported on Sept. 16.

The strike vote was conducted by USW Local 1-424.

The USW BC Interior Bargaining Committee had been negotiating a three-year deal for its northern BC members, but negotiations reached an impasse in late August, according to the Prince George Free Press.

The union members have been without a contract since June 30.

The collective agreement USW and Canfor are negotiating for about 1,500 members in 10 Canfor operations in the British Columbia Interior has broader ramifications, as it will form the pattern for agreements with West Fraser Timber Co. as well as for the Council on Northern Interior Forest Employment Relations (Conifer) in the northern interior, and Interior Forest Labour Relations Association (IFLRA) in the southern interior, according to a union press release, the Prince George Free Press reported.

The primary source of this article is the Prince George Free Press, Prince George, British Columbia, Sept. 16, 2013.

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