Some hope strike may end soon

  • Oct. 12, 2007 3:00 p.m.

There may a glimmer of hope this week for forest workers who have been on strike since July 21. A United Steelworkers union spokesperson said the union and the employers are at the table right now in Vancouver, but both sides have agreed not to talk to the media while these informal discussions are underway. According to the Vancouver Sun, Forest Industrial Relations, the group which represents most of the employers, has revised its position on two of the key issues. The union has said that it wants more control over shift scheduling, limits to contracting out, and changes to severance pay situations. The strike has affected about 280 union members on the islands, who have been manning picket lines at Juskatla, Queen Charlotte and Skidegate for the last 12 weeks.