Officials at Kamloops mill come to agreement with union
Domtar's pulp mill
(JENNIFER STAHN / iNFOnews.ca)
November 03, 2014 - 4:08 PM
KAMLOOPS – Officials at Domtar have reached an agreement with the Unifor union to support local trade apprenticeship students with training opportunities at the pulp-mill in Kamloops.
The agreement follows the issues caused by the pulp-mill’s A-Line closure in 2013. The decision resulted in a layoff for 125 workers and an 80 per cent reduction of sulphur particulate – the main cause of the plant’s odour emissions.
Beyond providing apprenticeship work, officials at the mill say the agreement will secure retirement packages for senior workers, keep laid-off employees on a recall list and will establish scholarships and bursaries for trade students in Kamloops.
"We are pleased to have reached this agreement that we believe fosters a new working relationship between Domtar and Unifor that recognizes and builds on our common interests," Domtar’s Human Resources Manager Nels Goddard said in a media release.
Bob Stephens, first vice for Unifor’s local 10B echoed the sentiment.
“This is a deal where we can put the past behind us and concentrate on the future of the mill and our union,” he said.
Unifor is Canada’s largest private sector union.
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