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About three thousand forestry workers in Merritt, Kamloops, Kelowna and Cranbrook are poised to take a strike vote over the next 2 weeks.

The President of the United Steelworkers Local 1-417 Marty Gibbons says since the collective agreement expired almost 2 years ago agreements have been signed with Canfor and a number of other companies.

He says they are frustrated that Interior Forest Labour Relations refuses to adopt a pattern agreement with the other mills.

Mills in the Merritt area that could be affected are Tolko-Nicola, Apsen Planers, Aspen Industries.

Others include Tolko Heffley Creek, West Fraser Chasm, a number of Tolko mills in the Okanagan, Tembec mills in the Cranbrook area, as well as a number of single operation sites.

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