Electricians of CEP Local 96 in Corner Brook have new contract
The electricians at Kruger‘s Corner Brook Pulp and Paper have a new contract.
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) Local 96 was the only one of five CEP locals in the mill to reject Kruger’s contract offer in June, along with Lodge 1567 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW). Both groups wanted more in their contract to retain skilled workers in Corner Brook.
Although specific deals of the new contract are not publicly known, the new contract is believed to contain some specially crafted language designed to try to retain electricians.
Gary Healey, national representative for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, said the new contract “addresses the supply problem around tradespeople. It’s a package that addresses retention and, in some small way, makes it a little more attractive for tradesmen who might want to relocate to Corner Brook and work for Corner Brook Pulp and Paper.”
Negotiations between Kruger and IAMAW Lodge 1567 broke off last week. According to Rick Arsenault, the IAMAW’s national representative from New Brunswick who is trying to hammer out a new deal with the company, the same contract proposal accepted by the electricians was not offered to the machinists, millwrights and welders.
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