Kamloops can lead in forestry campaign

By Ian Boyko
Unifor Canada
June 5, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On May 30, Unifor Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle and B.C. Area Director joined Local 10-B President Sheldon Morice and 1st Vice President Wes Mitchell for a tour of the Kruger pulp mill in Kamloops, B.C. McGarrigle and Unifor leaders met with Mayor Reid Hamer-Jackson, City Councillor Katie Neustaeter, and Kruger management to discuss the mill’s struggles with a regular economic access to fibre. Kruger isn’t alone in its fibre supply troubles. “Kamloops is a key forestry hub in the interior, but its continued success relies on action from the provincial government,” said McGarrigle. Unifor raised the possibility of Kamloops city council adopting a motion of support for forestry jobs and, in turn, submitting the motion to the upcoming meeting of the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM). By putting forestry on the agenda of UBCM, a broader discussion can take place to help place even greater pressure on the provincial government to act.

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