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    :: Friday, September 23, 2005 ::

    Forest union threatens 'death' strikes - by Gordon Hamilton, CanWest News Service
    VANCOUVER -- Forest workers say they are considering shutting down the entire forest industry for a day of mourning every time a logger dies on the job in a bid to focus attention on the industry's unacceptably high number of fatalities.

    Twenty-seven workers have died in the B.C. forest industry this year, according to Darrell Wong, president of Local 2171 of the Steelworkers Union, which passed last week a resolution calling for such a shutdown.

    'If the whole industry were to shut down every time somebody was killed, then safety would suddenly become a very high profile issue,' said Wong, who represents loggers working on the B.C. coast.
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