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Lumber contract a balancing act


May 31, 2004
By Pulp & Paper Canada

In a delicate balancing act designed not to rock the boat, mediator Don Munroe has granted British Columbia’s lumbe…

In a delicate balancing act designed not to rock the boat, mediator Don Munroe has granted British Columbia’s lumber industry a new labor contract. With particular attention paid to shift scheduling, the new contract provides employers with the leeway they said is an essential component to their ability to remain competitive.

Monroe’s involvement commenced with his appointment as mediator in an attempt to put an end to a month-long strike staged by the Industrial, Wood and Allied Worker’s union in December. He accorded employees a 6 per cent wage increase over a four-year pact.

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Although the union was not pleased with cutbacks made to premium payments for weekend work and travel to logging sites, Munroe’s decision to set limits on the contracting out of logging work was favorably received.


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