“The negotiation process has been respectful and productive, reflecting our strong cooperation with CTE and we appreciate the negotiating team`s commitment to reaching an agreement that meets the needs of its members and our company,” said Roger Keery, President of Skeena Sawmills, in a press release. “The new collective agreement brings significant benefits to our members, including improved salaries and benefits and a better language of contract,” said Rick Nelson, ETC Local 1-1937 Local Vice President. “This agreement provides the job security Skeena needs if we continue to plan the expansion and modernization of our mill,” Keery said in the press release. Skeena Sawmills is in the process of upgrading its main line and ladder plant. Future plans include a new wooden edge, dry ovens and wood scanners. Skeena Sawmills and United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 signed a new four-and-a-half-year labour agreement after five months of negotiations that ended on May 19, 2020 with a successful ratification vote. The new agreement, which will apply retroactively to January 1, 2020 and be extended until June 30, 2024, provides for wages and benefits to other inter-professional agreements and also includes unique provisions that recognize the cultural needs of Aboriginal workers. It also contains provisions that recognize the “cultural needs of Aboriginal workers.” If, for example, the federal government were to make National People`s Day a public holiday, it would become a public holiday under the agreement. Skeena Sawmills and United Steelworkers Local (USW) 1-1937 signed a new employment contract after five months of negotiations. “While negotiations and ratification have been complicated by the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic, we are delighted to have been able to secure this strong agreement for our members.” “The new collective agreement brings significant benefits to our members, including improved salaries and benefits and a better language of contract,” said Rick Nelson VP ETC Local-1-1937. “While negotiations and ratification have been complicated by the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic, we are delighted to have been able to secure this strong agreement for our members.” “This agreement provides the job security that Skeena needs if we continue to plan the expansion and modernization of our sawmill,” said Roger Keery, President of Skeena.

“The negotiation process has been respectful and productive, reflecting our strong collaboration with CTE, and we appreciate the negotiating team`s commitment to reaching an agreement that meets the needs of its members and our company.” The four-and-a-half-year treaty was ratified on 19 May 2020 and is retroactive to Jan.