For immediate release

Vancouver – February 6, 2020 – David Elstone, executive director of the Truck Loggers
Association (TLA) issued the following statement in response to the government’s appointment
of special mediators in the coastal forestry dispute, announced today.

“We are encouraged by today’s news and pleased that government has finally responded to the
desperate pleas from impacted contractors, workers, and communities by taking action to
assist in the resolution of the United Steel Workers and Western Forest Products strike.

“After eight months of this labour conflict with not substantive bargaining done, and what
looked to have no potential end, it is time for greater pressure to get both parties to resolve
their differences.”

“It is our hope that this action will bring a positive resolution for both parties so that more than
200 contractors and 3,000 workers can get back to work to support their businesses and their families.”

For more information: Jennifer Kramer, Director of Communications, The Truck Loggers Association

Cell: 905.929.9939