Complicating matters for the Kamloops union is complicated by an agreement signed by USW Local 1-2017 with the Council on Northern Interior Forest Employment Relations (CONIFER) that will likely set a precedent for discussions in the South. “Our members had high expectations, based on the profits made by their companies,” he said. Gibbons said the local bargaining unit hopes to optimize the deal as it sees fit for its membership, which will eventually have the final decision. Contract negotiations for local forestry workers could get bogged down next month as new bargaining dates have been set following a union deal in northern B.C. President Marty Gibbons, president of USW 1-417, told KTW that the goal is to conclude a new contract as soon as possible.