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BC Interior Bargaining Bulletins from

Bargaining Bulletin No. 27 - Tentative Agreement Reached With Conifer - February 5, 2014

Bargaining Bulletin No. 26 - West Fraser and USW Reach Tentative Deal - January 30, 2014

Bargaining Bulletin No. 25 - West Fraser and USW Make Negotiations Headway - January 22, 2014

Bargaining Bulletin No. 24 - BC Interior Talks Continue With West Fraser - January 9, 2014

Bargaining Bulletin No. 23 - USW Members Ratify Canfor Deal - December 20, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 22 - Steelworkers Ratify 5-Year Deal With IFLRA - December 19, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 21 - Sawmillers Send USW Back For More Talks - December 10, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 20 - USW Reach Tentative Deal With IFLRA - November 29, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 19 - USW Throws Down Strong Strike Mandate - November 28, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 18 - Mediated Talks Slow to a Crawl - November 22, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 17 - Canfor & USW Reach Tentative Deal - November 16, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 16 - Negotiations End - Mediation Looming - November 13, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 15 - Talks in Kelowna Continue - November 9, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 14 - Bargaining Continues With Talks in Kelowna - October 25, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 13 - Canfor Talks Break Down - October 4, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 12 - Mediated Talks Continue in Vancouver - September 27, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 11 - Talks Between Canfor and Union Break Down - September 19, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 10 - No Wage Increases Result In Impasse - September 4, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 9 - BC Interior Bargaining Painfully Slow - August 23, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 8 - USW and Canfor Continue To Shape Deal - August 16, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 7 - Negotiations Move Into A Critical Stage - July 25, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 6 - Talks Stall on Pension Plan Funding - July 11, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 5 - Progress Made on Significant Bargaining Issues - July 5, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 4 - Limited Progress As Agreement Set To Expire - June 21, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 3 - BC Interior Bargaining Committee Meets With Canfor - June 14, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 2 - Bargaining Proposals Exchanged - USW Chooses Canfor - May 24, 2013

Bargaining Bulletin No. 1 - USW Endorses Wage & Contract Demands - April 26, 2013


 Local Updates

April 19, 2013

USW Members Endorse Demands at BC Interior Wage & Contract Conference

Yesterday, USW members from the BC Interior forest industry met in Kamloops to endorse their bargaining demands for 2013 negotiations. These bargaining demands resulted from a time-consuming process where union members expressed their needs in what they desire for their next collective agreement.

Mitch Van Dale - Tolko Lakeview DelegateOver the past couple of months, union members in the southern and northern Interior deliberated locally over their bargaining demands and from these local union meetings, official demands in the form of resolutions were brought forward for debate at the Wage & Contract Conference. Throughout the conference, delegates from the five local unions collectively debated, lobbied, substituted, rejected and accepted various demands and a final list of forty-six proposals were ratified.

Earlier in the week, the Provincial Negotiating Committee (PNC) met to consolidate and reduce the list of resolutions down to a programmatic list in preparation for the conference. The PNC consists of USW Wood Council Chair, Bob Matters; Local 1-405 President, Doug Singer; Local 1-417 President, Marty Gibbons; Local 1-423 President, Pat McGregor; Local 1-424 President Frank Everitt; Local 1-425 President, Paul French. The PNC is also assisted by John Mountain from the Burnaby District 3 office.

Thanks are offered to all the local union delegates who participated in the process to develop demands for the upcoming round of bargaining. The PNC intents to meet with research and legal staff over the next two months in order to develop the union’s formal contract proposals based on the member’s demands. You can expect further bulletins as we get closer to negotiations.

Collective agreements with forest industry companies – Canadian Forest Products, West Fraser, International Forest Products, CONIFER member companies, IFLRA member companies, and a number of significant independent companies – come to term in the Interior on June 30th.  ^top

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