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Weyerhaeuser Mill workers go on strike

RYLEIGH NORGROVE / THE CHRONICLE

For the first time in 36 years, Weyerhaeuser employees in Oregon and Washington voted to strike last night, citing low wage increases and healthcare premiums.

Over 200 employees at the Weyerhaeuser plant in Cottage Grove joined the walkout. 

Cottage Grove Mayor Jeff Gowing was on the picket line Tuesday morning. He’s worked for Weyerhaeuser for 34 years. “I’m on my way into retirement,” Gowing said. “But these guys, who have years ahead of them, need to be heard.” 

Competitive pay, reduction in vacation time, healthcare . . .

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