The BC Interior Bargaining Committee commenced talks in Kelowna with the Interior Forest Labour Relations Association (IFLRA).
Sadly, even though the USW is fully prepared to address the significant bargaining issues that remain the subject of previous talks, the IFLRA is not willing to engage the union in discussions on their framework proposal.
Surprisingly, the IFLRA is now ignoring the long-standing and established process of addressing a framework to define the outstanding bargaining issues. The intent of the framework is to ensure that all the bargaining issues are addressed in the appropriate manner and for this reason, the BC Interior Bargaining Committee will postpone talks until later this month in order to allow the IFLRA enough time to formulate their position.
Bargaining with the IFLRA is scheduled to continue in Kelowna later in May.
Source: USW BARGAINING BULLETIN #33 - May 5, 2010