Due to an agreement that was put in place when Canfor’s mill in Chetwynd reopened in 2010, employees can’t actually go on strike. However, it doesn’t seem to matter anyways, the company has applied to the Labour Relations Board for mediation, freezing thee 72 hours for at least 10 days while a mediator tries to work out a deal.
As reported earlier, the union received 97 per cent support for job action to back contract demands in a strike vote conducted at the end of last week. It’s negotiating a collective agreement for about 1,500 members in Canfor operations at 10 different locations in the northern and southern interiors, including Fort St. John.
They’ve been without a contract since the end of June, and the union had been focused on getting the northern interior workers a three year deal that would include both wage increases and pension plan funding improvements.