Future uncertain for employees at Williams Lake, B.C., sawmill following fire

By Courtney Dickson
CBC News
November 16, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fire that caused extensive damage at the Williams Lake Lakeview Tolko sawmill has left 170 workers without a paycheque for the past two weeks, and their future at the mill is still uncertain. “The actual sawmill itself was not badly damaged in the fire,” said Tolko spokesperson Janice Lockyer. “The section that was impacted the most was the offices, and there was extensive damage in that area. It won’t be operational until the office area is reconstructed.” Lockyer said construction will likely take six months. In the meantime, Paul French, first vice president of United Steelworkers Local 1-2017 said the union is encouraging people to file for employment insurance.

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