By: The Working Forest Staff
Vancouver, British Columbia – Western Forest Products Inc. and the Public and Private Workers of Canada, Local 8 have announced that the terms of a new collective agreement have been ratified by members of PPWC.
The new eight-year collective agreement covers approximately 70 hourly employees at Western’s Ladysmith Sawmill. The new agreement is effective from January 1, 2021, and expires December 31, 2028, and provides for general wage increases as follows: Year Percentage Year 1 3% Year 2 3% Year 3 2% Year 4 2.5% Year 5 2% Year 6 2% Year 7 2% Year 8 2%.
“We are pleased to have jointly reached a positive outcome that reflects the valued contributions of our employees,” said Don Demens, President and Chief Executive Officer, Western Forest Products. “The new collective agreement is an important step in providing long-term certainty and stability for our employees, communities, and our customers, who support thousands of jobs in coastal BC through their purchases.”
“This agreement is the result of our members’ collective desire to support a vibrant coastal forest sector that provides good, secure, family-supporting jobs for years to come. We were pleased to conclude this agreement quickly and as a result of good faith negotiating between Western and PPWC,” said Rod Gallant, President, PPWC, Local 8.