CEP union members have ratified a new 4-year agreement with Ainsworth Lumber in Barwick, Ontario.
The members of CEP Local 324-99 voted 77% in favour of the new contract.
- contract covers August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2017
- 2.5% wage increase each year
- $0.50/hr wage top up for all trades
- $0.25/hr increase in shift differential
new work boot option of $150 annually or $300 every 2 years
- improved language related to schedule changes, overtime, spares, temporary vacancies and pay for skills
Stephen Boon, CEP National Representative, said, “CEP’s relationship with Ainsworth has improved dramatically since a near strike in 2010 and these negotiations were very reflective of that improvement.”
Boon added, “this deal offers long-term stability for the Barwick mill and most importantly provides stronger contract language and major monetary improvements for our Members in Fort Frances and Emo.”
The new labour agreement applies to 130 employees.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement and we appreciate the continued efforts and partnership of our employees and the CEP union at Barwick,” said Ainsworth CEO Jim Lake.
Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. is a manufacturer of oriented strand board with a focus on value-added specialty products for markets in North America and Asia.
Sources: Ainsworth & CEP