United Steelworker members in the southern interior have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action. After two weeks of balloting that covered the Thompson-Nicola, Okanagan, and Kootenay regions of the province, Steelworkers have voted 95% in favour of strike action. The Strike Vote was completed on March 24th and the Strike Vote results for our Local 1-405 was also 95%.
With this mandate, southern interior union members have put the Interior Forest Labour Relations Association on notice and said in a loud voice that enough-is-enough—the employer association has run out of time. The strong strike vote also provides the USW BC Interior Bargaining Committee with a powerful bargaining-table voice that will assist
them in concluding a fair and progressive agreement that has parity with union members in the northern interior.
Steelworkers intend to bring all of their outstanding issues to a timely resolve in upcoming bargaining. Negotiations between the USW and IFLRA are set to resume on March 30th in Kelowna.