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Graveyard shift being axed at Chemainus sawmill

By Don Dodger
The Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle
June 13, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The graveyard shift at Western Forest Products’ Chemainus sawmill is being eliminated until further notice at the conclusion of work Friday, June 14. The move comes just as the current contract of United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 is due to expire Saturday, June 15. …“With regard to the Chemainus sawmill, we are reducing operating levels from 120 hours per week to 80 hours per week for an indefinite period, beginning June 17,” added Khunkhun. …“The temporary production curtailments are necessary due to challenging market conditions,” noted Don Demens, WFP President and CEO. “The challenge of weak markets is compounded by the disproportionate impacts of softwood lumber duties on high value products, including Western Red Cedar.” …Negotiations toward a new contract with the union are ongoing while the potential for a strike looms.

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