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USW and Wilderness Committee Align Efforts


June 4, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The Western Canada Wilderness Committee has pledged its support to the United Steelworkers Union in its demands on …

The Western Canada Wilderness Committee has pledged its support to the United Steelworkers Union in its demands on the BC government to help the floundering forestry sector.

In April, the United Steelworkers Union developed a plan on how to sustain forestry jobs in BC and urged the government to adopt it. On June 4, the Wilderness Committee threw its support behind the plan, saying it contains many progressive, innovative ideas.

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If implemented along with stronger environmental laws in BC, it would help bring the province towards a more sustainable path for both the environment and workers, Ken Wu, campaign director for the committee’s Victoria chapter said of the plan.

The Union said it was grateful for the backing. Any support we can get for our efforts to protect BC jobs is welcomed in these desperate times, USW staff representative Scott Lunny said. We may not agree on everything, but we’re willing to work with conservation groups and a wide diversity of organizations and interests to ensure sustainable jobs in BC’s forestry dependent communities.

According to a report by The Canadian Press, the Wilderness Committee says is will collaborate with the union to get the forestry issue high on the agenda between now and the next provincial election in May 2009.


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