“Insulting” severance package results in strikeUnion wants government action to protect jobsBy 11/07/2001|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 04/09/2003 The British Columbia Federation of Labour calls the wildcat strike at the Western Star Trucks plant in Kelowna “inevitable”, given the severance package offered to long-service workers.Western Star’s owner, Freightliner, has taken advantage of incentives offered by Oregon’s state and local governments and is moving the plant south of the border. Freightliner is offering the Kelowna workers one week’s pay for each year of service.The workers are represented by the International Association of Machinists. In a Nov. 1 letter to Job Protection Commissioner Eric Van Soren, the union and the B.C. Federation of Labour warned that closing the plant will result in the direct loss of 675 jobs. Moreover, the letter goes on to say that 4,000 related jobs in the Okanagan region will be affected as suppliers feel the impact of the closure. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.