Weyerhaeuser employees Amanda Hurley, left, Annah Atwood and Heidi Walston discuss their experience working at the wood processor while striking outside the company’s Cottage Grove facility Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022.

A six-week worker strike at Weyerhaeuser mills across the Pacific Northwest ended Friday after union members narrowly voted to approve a new contract that included wage increases and benefits.

The approved contract did not include all the changes unionized workers were hoping for but did secure improvements such as lower healthcare premium costs and 14% wage increases, according to Brandon Bryant, district business representative for International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

“This has been a long journey and the end is not exactly everything the union wanted, but it is better and improved from where we were seven weeks ago,” Bryant said in an email. “We look forward to returning to do the great work that we do, at our mills, our log yards, our mechanic shops, our logging roads, on the highways, and in your communities.”

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