CEP’s Dave Coles recommends Corner Brook workers accept Kruger’s offer
The President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Dave Coles, is recommending the unionized employees of Kruger‘s Corner Brook mill accept their employer’s proposed collective agreement.
“For two reasons. One, it’s an attempt to save the mill. Secondly, it’s what we agreed to. It is the pattern, and that’s what we said we would do for companies that were in financial trouble,” said Coles.
Coles said the company’s latest offer is in line with the deal the union negotiated with AbitibiBowater when it was going through bankruptcy.
Despite his recommendation, the CBC is reporting that Coles said a new contract won’t necessarily save the mill.
Kruger has given the workers until June 22 to vote on the deal.
The stumbling block to approving the offer is the restructuring of the pension policy. Kruger wants more time to pay back the plan’s deficit – 10 years rather than 5.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Premier Kathy Dunderdale said she remains “extremely concerned” about the future of the mill. “I understand the company and the unions have left negotiations, having accomplished as much as they feel was possible, with Kruger’s final proposal now being presented for a vote,” Dunderdale said. “I strongly encourage both the company and the unions to continue to work through these matters,” Dunderdale said. “We all have the same goal here — that Corner Brook Pulp and Paper remain a key employer and driver of economic growth for the western region and our province.”
Accept Kruger’s Corner Brook mill offer, says union (CBC)
CEP head urges acceptance of offer (The Telegram)
Union leader recommends N.L. mill workers accept Kruger offer (Chronicle Herald)
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