NANAIMO, BC - The man accused of killing two sawmill workers and injuring others may receive severance pay from the same mill under a previous labor dispute settlement.
A former employee of Western Forest Products, Kevin Addison has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in the April 30 shootings at the company's Nanaimo sawmill in Nanaimo, BC. Killed that day were Michael Lunn, plant chairman, and Fred McEachern, supervisor. Another supervisor, Early Kelly, and Tony Sudar, vice president of manufacturing, were injured in the attack.
According to a report by The Canadian Press news service, Addison is one of the estimated 160 workers that had been involved in a labor dispute with the company after not being rehired when the mill reopened in 2010. Western Forest Products settled with the labor union last month, with the $1.2 million to be split among the qualifying employees. Union agent Chris Cinkant told The Canadian Press he did not know yet whether Addison will qualify.
Addison's next court appearance on the murder charges is set for Sept. 16, according to Global News.
Western Forest Products operates 10 facilities in coastal British Columbia, Canada. The Nanaimo sawmill processes hemlock and Douglas fir.
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