Strike hurting Port, council told

  • Sep. 19, 2007 6:00 p.m.

The ongoing forest workers strike is hitting Port Clements hard, a resident told village council members at their regular meeting Monday night (Sept. 17). Larry Brealey appealed to council to do anything it can to end the strike. “I just came to ask, hey, can we do anything as a community?” Mr. Brealey said. “Can we do anything to try to apply some pressure?” Acting mayor Casey Decock told him the strike is between the big forest companies and the Steelworkers Union, and not something the village can influence. But everyone at the meeting agreed the strike, which started two months ago, is not good for Port. Most families in the village have at least one member working in the forest industry. “It’s affecting almost every person in this town to the point where we are going to be looking at bankruptcies,” Mr. Brealey said. “I do know there are a lot of people hurting. It’s gone on for a long time and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be resolved.” Councillor Urs Thomas said Port has been more affected than other communities on the islands by the strike because it is not diversified, relying on the forest industry for most jobs.

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