Unionized workers at Conifex Timber in Mackenzie, British Columbia, vote 75% in favor of accepting employer's labor contract offer, averting strike action planned for April 1

LOS ANGELES , April 3, 2014 () – Unionized workers at Conifex Timber Inc. in Mackenzie, British Columbia, have voted to accept the employer's contract offer, HQ Prince George reported on April 2.

United Steelworkers Local 1-424 president Frank Everitt said the five-year deal includes yearly increases totaling 13% over the contract term, an an immediate C$400 signing bonus and a further $1,000 in the final three years.

The deal was voted in by 75% of the membership, and applies to around 200 workers at the sawmill.

The union had issued a strike notice for April 1, but agreed to a revote after a meeting on March 30, when the terms of the agreement were explained by union leaders, and some 'misinformation' clarified, HQ Prince George reported.

The primary source of this article is HQ Prince George, Prince George, British Columbia, on April 2, 2014. The original article can be viewed here.


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