Wednesday was the second day of the Weyerhaeuser strike, during which more than 1,100 employees from the multibillion-dollar forestry giant in Oregon and Washington walked off the job.
That includes the Cottage Grove timber sawmill, where employees protested in a number of places.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, with whom the striking workers are affiliated, has been in contract talks with Weyerhaeuser since April.
The union claims that the most recent offer made by the firm fell well short of what they were looking for. And according to one local employee, it appeared like the firm wasn’t even paying attention. The result was the work stoppage this week.
“They can’t make a profit without us, and that applies to everyone who works in these mills, from our truck drivers to our loggers. It’s significant, “said Scott Glenn, a worker at Weyerhaeuser.
It’s a “huge problem” that can be expensive for Weyerhaeuser and its customers.
Any protracted strike might have an impact on the supply chain for timber because the firm employs over 9,000 people and had net sales of over $10 billion the previous year.
Weyerhaeuser issued the following statement to our newsroom: “While we are extremely disappointed in the workers’ choice to walk out, we are committed to supporting our employees and bargaining in good faith with union representatives.”
They intend to go on talking on Friday. Weyerhaeuser stated that it will collaborate with additional regional partners to reduce supply interruptions.
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