Strike action that was supposed to take place at midnight last night has been postponed for up to 48 hours pending the outcome of renewed talks with Ainsworth Engineered LP scheduled for tomorrow morning here.
“We met with the 130 members of Local 324-99 on Friday to inform them of the postponement of planned weekend strike action pending the outcome of Tuesday’s negotiations with Ainsworth management,” noted Stephen Boon, CEP national representative in Dryden.
“However, we also finalized preparations for immediate strike action in the event these talks are unsuccessful,” he added.
CEP members overwhelmingly rejected a final offer put forth by Ainsworth’s OSB mill in Barwick and voted for strike action by more than 97 percent at meetings held July 20.
“We have put forth a gesture of good faith by postponing strike action in order to make one final effort towards reaching a new tentative agreement,” mentioned Boon.