Prior to the break, Canfor, representing the three northern mills – Chetwynd, Polar and Plateau, applied to the BC Labour Relations Board for a ruling on the USW’s recent strike vote of 95% among the three mills that the strike vote and 72-hour notice was illegal.
All three mills were held out of the respective associations prior to bargaining commencing – CONIFER in the North and the IFLRA in the South – while seven other Canfor plants; Elko (Woodlands), Radium, Vavenby, Prince George Sawmill/Chip Plant, Isle Pierre, Houston and Fort St. John are part of the two associations bargaining with the USW.
As a result of the BC LRB application, a mediated settlement was agreed to that outlined the following:
Canfor has agreed to meet with the USW Bargaining Committee on January 8th in Chetwynd for the Chetwynd operation and on January 23rd in Prince George for Plateau and Polar operations.
Over the holiday break, representatives from the IFLRA reached out to the USW Bargaining Committee to return to the bargaining table. While no commitments as to the respective positions of the two parties have been made, both have agreed to return to the table face-to-face for up to three days on January 15th,16th and 17th, 2019 in Kelowna.
Unionized members of both CONIFER and the IFLRA remain in legal strike position.
Your USW Bargaining Committee remains committed to achieving a fair deal for the membership.