A Dying Canadian Industry
On April 21, 2010, the remaining 36 workers of Commonwealth Plywood went on strike after the company requested the union to make a 30% cut to their pay, a reduction job security and seniority, fewer paid holidays, and mandatory overtime. The Canadian plywood industry struggled to compete with cheaper Chinese plywood imported to Canada. The union would not concede to the company. A year later, picketers were still holding the line, receiving strike pay.