Weyerhaeuser Mill workers go on strike


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 . . .

You have reached content available exclusively to The Chronicle digital subscribers.

We are your reader-supported local news source. We survive in this era because subscribers are backing us.

You can be a backer too, and keep alive a powerful community asset — strong, independent and accurate news. Support us today and join the movement that says the loss of local news is an unacceptable loss.

Receive a 14-day free trial of unlimited digital access.

Already a subscriber? Login here.