Tree Frog Forestry News

Federation of Labour supports striking forestry workers

By Robert Barron
Ladysmith Chronicle
July 11, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Federation of Labour has announced a “hot edict” on Western Forest Products in a show of solidarity with striking forest workers. The move, welcomed by the United Steelworkers which represents many WFP workers in mills on the Island, means that members of the BCFED’s affiliated unions have been asked to no longer handle any WFP coastal lumber, log and wood products. …The strike affects all of the company’s United Steelworkers certified manufacturing and timberlands operations in B.C. “The announcement of a ‘hot edict’ is a significant but necessary escalation in what is frankly an employer-initiated dispute,” said Laird Cronk, president of the BCFED. “Through the solidarity of affiliated unions, the company’s products could lay dormant.” Babita Khunkhun, a spokeswoman for Western Forest Products, said the company respects the right of the union to exercise the hot-edict option.

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