Union has a 99.4% strike vote at Howe Sound Pulp and Paper
CEP Local 1119 at the Howe Sound Pulp and Paper mill in Port Mellon, British Columbia has a solid strike mandate.
82% of the over 400 workers in the Local voted on November 29.
99.4% of the votes cast endorsed strike action.
A mediator has been appointed by the B.C. Labour Relations Board. Meetings with the mediator are expected for mid-January.
In a media release Tuesday, CEP national representative Dave Schaub said the company “remains to have significant concessions on their agenda,” but he was hopeful the two sides could reach a deal using a “pattern settlement” as a basis for agreement.
“The parties commenced negotiations to reach a renewed labour agreement on Sept. 14 using the pattern agreement that was reached with both Canfor Pulp and Northwood Pulp in July 2012 as a basis for settlement,” the union said in its release. “The pattern agreement has been ratified in four of five CEP certifications that are part of the pattern bargaining process, with Howe Sound Pulp and Paper being the last employer yet to conclude a new collective agreement with its workers,” the release said.
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