Media Advisory: B.C. forestry unions to hold joint Forest Workers Summit in Victoria

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VICTORIA, B.C. – While communities across the province are grappling with the aftermath of mill closures, fibre supply shortages, issues related to old growth, and more, B.C.’s three major forestry unions are joining together to hold an unprecedented summit on Tuesday in Victoria. 

The summit, jointly hosted by Unifor, the United Steelworkers union (USW), and the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC), will serve as an opportunity for discussion on these pressing concerns, and to develop a strong, proactive agenda that will provide support to forest workers, families and the communities they reside in. 

Confirmed speakers include Premier David Eby, Hon. Bruce Ralston, Minister of Forests, and Hon. Andrew Mercier, Minister of State for Sustainable Forestry Innovation. 

What:                    B.C. Forest Workers Summit

When:                   Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. PT

Where:                 Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA

                              Coast Ballroom, 146 Kingston St, Victoria, BC V8V 1V4 

Leadership from the three unions including Gavin McGarrigle, Western Regional Director for Unifor, Scott Lunny, USW Director for Western Canada, and a senior representative from PPWC will be in attendance joining over one hundred rank-and-file members from across B.C.’s forestry sector. Representatives from the union will be available for comment. A detailed agenda is available upon request.

Speeches from the summit will be streamed at

Media interested in attending the summit must register in advance by contacting, Ian Boyko, Unifor Communications Representative, 778-903-6549, @email

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Ian Boyko

National Communications Representative - Western Region