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Money Western Forest Products negotiations break down with striking workers

07:45  19 november  2019
07:45  19 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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VANCOUVER — Western Forest Products Inc. says negotiations with the United Steelworkers union representing workers in a long-running coastal B.C The strike which began July 1 affects about 3,000 coastal forest workers employed in Western Forest Products ’ sawmills and timberlands

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  Western Forest Products negotiations break down with striking workers © Caiaimage/Agnieszka Olek\Getty

VANCOUVER — Western Forest Products Inc. says negotiations with the United Steelworkers union in a long-running coastal B.C. strike ended without resolution on the weekend.

The company says no active negotiations are occurring and no future mediation dates have been scheduled after 14 hours of bargaining occurred on Saturday and Sunday supervised by two independent mediators.

CEO Don Demens says the mediators informed the company talks were over after it presented a contract offer to the union on Sunday.

In a post on its website late Monday, however, United Steelworkers president Brian Butler accuses the company of "game-playing" and says Western Forest left the table instead of responding to the union's last contract offer on Sunday.

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VANCOUVER — Western Forest Products Inc. says negotiations with the United Steelworkers union representing workers in a long-running coastal B.C. strike ended without resolution on the weekend. The company says no active negotiations are occurring and no future mediation dates have been

VANCOUVER — Western Forest Products Inc. says negotiations with the United Steelworkers union representing workers in a long-running coastal B.C. strike ended without resolution on the weekend.The company says no active negotiations are occurring and no future mediation dates

a drawing of a person© Provided by Canadian Press Enterprises Inc Demens says the company offered a five-year agreement with a $2,000 signing bonus and wage increases of two per cent per year for the first four years and 2.5 per cent in the fifth year.

The union says it wants a four-year deal with raises of three per cent in the first two years and 2.5 per cent in the last two.

The strike which began July 1 affects about 3,000 coastal forest workers employed in Western Forest Products' sawmills and timberlands operations.

Western's shares lost four cents or 3.1 per cent to $1.23 in Monday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 18, 2019.

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