According to a USW press release, USW members working for contractors representing forest industrial relations have ratified the agreement at 93%. United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 represents approximately 4,500 workers in various industries on the B.C. coast. “Our members opposed a company that wanted to break up our local union,” said Brian Butler, President of ETC Local 1-1937. “You chose the wrong fight with the wrong local union. Our members negotiated a contract that achieved many of our members` objectives and, above all, did not make concessions to Western forest products. The agreement will run from February 1, 2015 to January 31, 2018 and provides for improved performance in the first year and wage increases of 2% per year. The old collective agreement expired on January 31 of this year. 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.
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. 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. The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1-1937 have agreed on a three-year contract for unionized regional workers at comox Valley Sports and Aquatic Centres. “We are pleased to have a new collective agreement that recognizes the significant contributions of our employees and allows Western to serve our customers who, through their purchases, support thousands of jobs on the B.C. coast,” said Don Demens, President of wfP and Ceo. “We are focused on planning for a safe return to work and, while our goal is to start operating as quickly as possible, commissioning will depend on staff availability and contractors, market demand, weather conditions and adequate wood supply.” Approximately 70 employees are covered by the agreement. United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 represents 6,100 men and women in a variety of occupations, including the forestry industry, throughout the coastal bc region.