Re: “Forestry workers, environmentalists call for ban on log exports,” July 22.
It is important that the voice of B.C. forest workers who actually log and work in sawmills is heard. With respect to the organization quoted, the United Steelworkers represents loggers and the majority of unionized sawmill workers in B.C.
USW has long advocated for significant reductions in log exports. This can be achieved through reforms to the surplus test, increasing the fee-in-lieu of processing, and needed investment in value-added manufacturing; solutions that require industry, government and labour working together.