A very positive trend–that from regional Steelworkers spokesperson Rick Wangler on lumber prices heading up, and a low Canadian dollar cutting the price of exported lumber products to international markets.

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Wangler says the low cost of fuel has also bolstered the forest industry’s bottom line, but he hopes some of those savings will ultimately translate into enhanced security for both contractors and their unionized members.
It’s expected that some of the thousands of woodworkers who left our region’s logging operations some years back when the sector hit rock bottom in 2008 to work in the oil patch, could be headed back to Vancouver Island in search of a job.

But Rick Wangler, First Vice President of the Steelworkers union Local 1-1937, says there may not be logging jobs for them immediately upon their return.