“They’re sick of everything:” local union reacts to Canfor closures and curtailments

By Tommy Osborne
CKPG Today
May 31, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE – Sawmill and pulpmill closures have been impacting Northern B.C. communities, which has hundreds of workers concerned about their livelihoods and the future of forestry in the north. “Up here in the north, it’s not looking very good. We’re not getting a lot of support,” said Jonathan Blacker, 603 Unifor Acting President and Machinist for Northwood Pulpmill. It’s impacted Prince George too, as a production line closure at the Northwood Pulpmill will impact 220 jobs. However, Blacker says it’s likely the real number of jobs lost will be more than 220 jobs due to how this will impact other parts of the industry. “I know some are leaving the province, right? They’re going Alberta.” …While some workers are leaving, what does the future hold for other who are trying to stay in Prince George or Northern B.C.? Blacker says there could be opportunities in other industries like the mining industry…

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