United Steelworkers Union Local 1-2017 project manager Terry Tate has called a meeting for workers impacted by the sawmill fire at Tolko’s Lakeview Division in Williams Lake. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

VIDEO: Union hosting meeting for Tolko sawmill employees

United Steelworkers Union Local 1-2017 is hosting a meeting at the Ramada Inn Convention Centre Tuesday

The union representing workers impacted by the fire at Tolko’s Lakeview sawmill in Williams Lake is hosting a meeting Tuesday afternoon (today) at the Ramada Inn Convention Centre beginning at 4 p.m.

United Steelworkers Union Local 1-2017 project manager Terry Tate said Service Canada and Work BC will be there to provide information, as well as representative from the Ministry of Forests.

“We will also give our workers an update on shifting configurations,” Tate told the Tribune. “We have negotiated some schedules at Quesnel and Soda Creek, but they probably won’t be materializing until there are more logs in the mill yards.”

There are normally 175 people employed at the sawmill.

Tatke said there are presently about 75 people that are not working.

“Some of the other mills are doing a little bit of hiring for holiday relief, and some employees are doing spark watch and cleanup. A lot of it depends on their qualifications too so we are helping people work through the details.”

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