Proposed strike over labor deal at Conifex Timber in Mackenzie, British Columbia, is being reconsidered, says United Steelworkers official; members asked for revote after 'misinformation' was clarified, result will determine if action goes ahead
April 1, 2014
(Industry Intelligence Inc.)
– A strike that had been planned for April 1 at Conifex Timber Inc.'s sawmill in Mackenzie, British Columbia, will not go ahead, according to the United Steelworkers union, HQ Prince George reported.
Workers agreed to revote on March 30 on a tentative labor deal that had been reached with the company. The union had previously issued a 72-hour strike notice for April 1.
United Steelworkers Local 1-424 president Frank Everitt said the union had explained the agreement to the membership at the March 30 meeting and clarified some misinformation. As a result, the membership had asked for a revote.
The vote is due to take place on April 1, with the results to be released that night, reported HQ Prince George. If the deal is rejected, Everitt said around 200 workers will walk off the job on Wednesday, April 2.
The primary source of this article is HQ Prince George, Prince George, British Columbia, on March 31, 2014. The original article can be viewed here.