Northern Pulp employees vote 52% in favour of new contract
52% of Northern Pulp‘s unionized employees voted in favour of their latest contract offer in Nova Scotia last night.
“It’s been a rough battle for everybody,” CEP Local 440 President Mark MacLaughlin said. “It’s nice to see it over. Hopefully this will secure our future for a while.”
The new contract covers a 7 year period and will see the workers take a 5% wage roll-back, changes to their vacation pay, a reduction in accident and sickness benefits, and there will be no raises in year 4 & 5 of the agreement.
Don Breen, Northern Pulp’s vice president, has said the company needs to reduce costs to be more competitive.
CEP national representative Don MacKenzie said one doesn’t have to look far to see examples of other pulp mills struggling. “You look all across the country,” he said. “We’re in tough times, and the members are really struggling with the transitions that are taking places in our workplaces and the cutbacks that are being imposed on us.”
Previously owned by Neenah Paper, then Blue Wolf Capital Management and Atlas Holdings, the Northern Pulp mill was sold to Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corp. in May, 2011.
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