SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Vancouver, B.C.-based Western Forest Products Inc. (WFP) announced that it has reached a new collective agreement with the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC), Local 8 at its Value-Added Division, located in Chemainus, British Columbia. The new 8-year agreement covers nearly 70 hourly employees. It will come into effect on 15th October this year.
According to the agreement, employees will be given wage increase by 3% during the first and second years, followed by 2.5% in third year. During years 4-8, the wage increase has been fixed at 2% per year.
Don Demens, President and Chief Executive Officer, WFP said that the company is pleased to have collaboratively addressed employee and business needs. The new collective agreement offers market-competitive wages and benefits, which will help it to attract, retain and recognize employees at the division.
Meantime, Rod Gallant, President, PPWC, Local 8 commented that the fair agreement reflects the constructive relationship between the company and PPWC. It provides security and certainty to its members, who are eagerly looking to move forward under the terms of the new agreement, Gallant added.