Carrier Lumber Ltd. has appealed the decision by the B.C. Labour Board that would have them pay millions in severance to the former employees of the Valemount lumber mill.

United Steelworkers 1-417 President Marty Gibbons says the appeal is in the hands of the labour board to see if an appeal is warranted.

“We’re in a holding pattern,” he says.

Over 100 employees would see 10 days worth of pay for every year they were employed if Carrier loses the appeal, or the appeal is struck down. For long-time employees that could mean upwards of $70,000.

Carrier Lumber Ltd. could not be reached for comment.