VANCOUVER, Feb. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor Local 448 is celebrating the planned activation of the pulp mill in northern British Columbia town of Chetwynd.
"We're proud to have been a part of the negotiations to get people back to work," said Scott Doherty, Unifor Western Director. "Resource industry jobs are good jobs."
The sale of the Tembec mill to Paper Excellence Canada Holding Corporation (PE) is expected to be complete in the spring of 2014. Following the sale the mill will start up again, creating 110 good jobs in the community. Unifor was able to negotiate a new collective agreement with PE that approximates the industry pattern for wages and benefits.
"BC's pulp industry has been decimated by the BC Liberals. Hopefully, this will be an example for the industry to follow," said Doherty.
Unifor has been assured that Paper Excellence is committed to running this mill, a welcomed change from Tembec's style.
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged. With more than 300,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector.
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