After more than seven months of strike action, an interim agreement was reached between Western Forest Products and the United Steelworkers Local 1-1937. It is regrettable, but not surprising, that WFP has once again come off the negotiating table. In today`s letter, they tried to undermine the solidarity of our members instead of negotiating in good faith mediation to reach an agreement. According to the WFP communication, the new agreement also provides for improvements in health and social protection and clarifies the implementation of Western drug and alcohol policy. The press release states that Western has maintained its management rights for the operation of alternative positions, while accepting an improved job verification process. „With the support of special mediators Vince Ready and Amanda Rogers, we have reached a fair and equitable agreement that balances the needs of our employees and our business,” Demens said in a statement. The result is that more time has been wasted in the game instead of pursuing the serious issue of collective bargaining. More than 3,000 forest workers on Vancouver Island will no longer be on picket lines after union members ratified a preliminary agreement with Western Forest Products (WFP). The agreement also provides the company with additional operational flexibility in its logging operation by allowing the introduction of SUPPLÉMENTAIRES contractors to ensure that it meets its annual reduction requirements. United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 (ETC) has ratified its agreement with Western Forest Products, with workers voting 81.9 per cent in favour of adoption. The Commission continues to call for a short-term agreement with wage increases of nearly 40 per cent higher than recent branch agreements and changes that would eliminate the current flexibility of positions required to operate the company. The West has carefully considered all of the committee`s proposals, including the opening to a four-year period.
However, in a sector that is already competitive in global markets, the Committee`s proposals as a whole are not sustainable; to challenge future investments, reduce operational security and reduce our ability to operate efficiently. As Western does everything in its power to end the strike, we must also protect the future of our business so that we can continue to employ thousands of people in British Columbia. According to a WFP press release, the new five-year collective agreement will enter into force on June 15, 2019 and expire on June 14, 2024. With regard to wages, the contract offers an increase of 3 per cent in the first year, a two per cent increase in years two and three, a 3 per cent increase in the fourth year and a 2.5 per cent increase in the fifth year. WFP and Workers` Representation conclude an interim collective agreement: WFP The agreement is subject to ratification by the etc. The CTE negotiating committee will recommend that its members accept the agreement.