OSB workers poised to strike tomorrow

One hundred and thirty unionized employees at the Ainsworth Barwick OSB mill may be hitting the picket lines at one minute after midnight tonight if ongoing negotiations break down today.
Plant manager Mark Alderson said yesterday negotiations are still going on, but declined further comment.
The employees, members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, have been without a contract since July 31, and last Sunday the bargaining committee held a meeting to seek a strike mandate from the members.
Bargaining committee member Bob Sharpe said yesterday that 112 of the 130 eligible members attended that meeting and gave the bargaining committee an overwhelming mandate to call a strike.
The vote was 111-1, Sharpe said.
“We will be in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. September 1,” Sharpe said.
A walk-out at that time is not certain, however. Both sides are currently in session with a government-appointed mediator and according to Sharpe, as long as talks continue, the workers will stay on the job even after the deadline.
“As long as we’re still talking, we will not be going out at that time,” he stressed.

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