Members of the United Steelworkers Union Local 1-417 preparing for what could be the toughest bargaining in decades given the times.
The five-year agreements in place for workers at Aspen Planers in Merritt and more than 5000 other lumber workers in BC's Interior expires June 30th.
With negotiations set to get underway, President Marty Gibbons says there are several factors at play.
"The issue with Trump and the tariffs actually did not turn out to be as large an issue as we had thought with the lumber prices responding to that and basically the American consumer paying the cheque. Lumber prices are high. We will be entering bargaining to improve our contracts."
Local 1-417 is based out of Kamloops, and represents over 1,400 members in many industries such as sawmilling, wood products manufacturing, steel manufacturing, recycling, security, trucking, construction, and machining.