Resolute Forest Products‘ Fort Frances Division and CEP Locals 92 and 306 reached an agreement today for manning the #7 paper machine for up to 8-12 weeks starting July 17.
Resolute had laid off almost 240 staff and unionized employees in Fort Frances, Ontario due to the curtailment of the kraft mill and one paper machine on February 14th.
CEP National Representative Stephen Boon said, “we are pleased to see over 40 CEP Members in Fort Frances get recalled for up to 2 or 3 months when #7 Paper Machine re-starts in mid-July, but some serious concerns arose due to the temporary nature of this recall. Resolute required the manning to run #7 machine, but many of our laid off members have also found part-time and full-time alternate employment since February while waiting to see how the Fort Frances operations might be repositioned over the next year.”
Boon added, “we could not agree to force a laid off member to quit a new job to come back to the mill for temporary work and so through ongoing discussions with Resolute, both CEP Locals have now negotiated a recall protocol for manning the #7 Paper Machine that not only confirms all provisions of the contract apply for this re-start, but it also ensures the recall option for our laid off members is voluntary and does not negatively impact their seniority, future recall rights or severance entitlements.”