Unifor called on local governments to take action on softwood lumber at the 2017 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Conference, held in Ottawa June 1-3.
The union’s Political Action department set up a booth at the Conference trade show to share information on how municipal governments can support Unifor’s softwood lumber campaign. “At FCM I learned that we can stand together with communities from across Canada and make a difference on a political forum,” said Local 74 President Joanne Lamothe. “As a member of Unifor it gave me such pride to be part of the solution for a better tomorrow.” In addition, Unifor hosted a reception to appeal to political delegates where National President Jerry Dias welcomed mayors from across the country, including Vancouver, Saskatoon, Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Ottawa, and Corner Brook.
“Softwood lumber is a municipal issue,” said Dias. “Unifor took that message to mayors and our union succeeded in getting a resolution passed on the impact of the softwood lumber trade dispute.”
On June 3, conference delegates voted 94 per cent in favour to support the Free and Fair Trade – Softwood Lumber Resolution.
The motion called on the FCM to continue to work with the federal government to support the interests of municipalities across Canada affected by U.S. countervailing duties and to ensure that the federal government understands the full impact of trade measures on local economies.
To learn more about the campaign visit www.unifor.org/softwood .