Glimmer of hope for Canfor’s Chetwynd
December 14, 2009 By Pulp & Paper Canada
A vote on a new compensation model may see the reopening of Canfor’s sawmill in Chetwynd, BC, the Prince…
A vote on a new compensation model may see the reopening of Canfor’s sawmill in Chetwynd, BC, the Prince George Citizen has reported. The facility has been out of commission for 20 months, putting 188 employees out of work. However, workers voted for a new compensation structure premised on profit sharing, which may allow the mill to open on one shift next May. If the plan is approved and Chetwynd does reopen, approximately 65 employees would be back on the job.
Employees are represented by the United Steelworkers, and the union is currently involved in negotiations in BC’s Interior for a new contract. The Prince George Citizen confirmed the deal with employees at Chetwynd is separate from union negotiations.
Canfor is seeking to slash its labour costs by $50 million through its negotiations with the United Steelworkers, accounting for a 20 per cent wage reduction across the board.
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