The deal culminates five months of negotiations between the two groups. The deal includes the Fort St. John Sawmill and Canfor’s two operations in Chetwynd.
The five-year deal provides 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.