Skip to main content

About 700 employees of Caterpillar equipment dealer Finning International Inc. are on strike at the company's British Columbia locations.

Finning and the union say the strike by members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 692 began Wednesday at 4 p.m. PDT.

The workers include mechanics, parts department staff and support personnel who repair heavy equipment for the mining, forestry, and construction industries.

Story continues below advertisement

The company said equipment and parts sales will continue, but shop and field services will be unavailable. It said it has a contingency plan to minimize the impact on customers.

Unionized workers at Finning's operations in Alberta and the Northwest Territories operate under a separate collective agreement and are not on strike.

Finning said it has applied for mediation and that the union has declined.

The union said the dispute is over wages, benefits, shifts, and sub-contracting.

Vancouver-based Finning is the world's largest Caterpillar dealer, and sells, rents and services equipment and engines. It has operations in Canada, South America and Europe.

Report an error
Tickers mentioned in this story
Unchecking box will stop auto data updates
As of December 20, 2017, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles as we switch to a new provider. We are behind schedule, but we are still working hard to bring you a new commenting system as soon as possible. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to