7-month forestry strike may soon be over as Western Forest Products, union reach tentative agreement | CBC News

Western Forest Products and the United Steelworkers union have reached a tentative collective agreement after a seven-month-long labour dispute.

The agreement between the company and the union was announced Monday. 

About 3,000 Vancouver Island forest workers and contractors represented by United Steelworkers Union Local 1-1937 have been off the job since July 1, striking over potential loss of pensions, seniority rights and long-term disability benefits.

On Feb. 6, the province appointed special mediators Vince Ready and Amanda Rogers to help move negotiations along.

“We have reached a fair and equitable agreement that balances the needs of our employees and our business,” said Don Demens, president and CEO of Western Forest Products. 

“This has been a particularly challenging time and I’m pleased that we were able to find common ground through the efforts of all involved.”

CBC does not yet know the details of the agreement.

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