Steelworkers and Canfor reach tentative deal

Five-year deal boosts pay, adjusts trades rates, improves health benefits and includes provisions to secure the USW's pension plan.

November 18, 2013   by PLANT STAFF

BURNABY, BC – The United Steelworkers (USW) has reached a tentative deal with Canadian Forest Products on a new collective agreement for forest workers in the BC Interior.

The tentative agreement was reached after Canfor and the USW resumed bargaining at the BC Labour Relations Board. The deal culminates five months of negotiations between the two groups.

The five-year deal provides significant pay increases for all workers, as well as adjustments to trades rates, improvements to health and welfare benefits, improved collective agreement language and provisions to secure the USW members’ pension plan.

In addition to a signing bonus and percentage wage increases, the agreement provides cash payments in the third, fourth and fifth years.

More details will be released once the USW’s BC Interior Bargaining Committee has had an opportunity to discuss the tentative agreement with union members.

This tentative agreement will form the pattern for the remaining employers in the BC Interior.

Over the weekend, a proposed merger between the USW and the Telecommunications Workers Union was called off after a merger vote fell short.

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