Workers at Kamloops' Domtar mill ratify new contract

By Greg Fry
September 25, 2017 - 2:27pm

KAMLOOPS — Unifor members at the Domtar pulp mill in Kamloops have ratified a new four-year contract.

The deal was ratified with an 80 per cent majority and includes a two per cent wage increase in each year of the deal and addressed retiree health benefits, retention and training, as well as improved benefits.

Unifor local 10-B Kamloops president Rene Pellerin says bargaining for the deal started in May in Prince George, home to their pattern agreement, and was brought to Kamloops and negotiated in five days earlier this month. He says negotiations went smoothly.

"Both parties brought their agendas and made adjustments to get an agreement and I think we got a good deal for our members here in Kamloops," he says. "The agreement got us in a position where corporate is looking at some significant investments here for the life of the mill and that's a good thing for our younger members."

The deal covers 250 workers and replaces the last deal which expired on May 1, 2017.

 

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