Forestry sector locals face critical choices

Climate for eastern bargaining particularly bad
By Gordon sova
||Last Updated: 02/08/2010

A Hobson’s choice is one where there is really no choice to be made at all. It alludes to an English stable owner who insisted that clients take the horse closest to the door or get none. A lot of employees in forestry, sawmills, and pulp and paper are facing Hobson’s choices.

On February 2, the Tembec high yield pulp mill in Chetwynd, British Columbia was taken out of production due to slow demand. On December 14, the mill was re-opened after a new collective agreement was ratified with Local 448 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP). The 115 members will get no increase for two years, followed by 1.0 per cent in the third year and 2.0 per cent in each of the fourth and fifth years.