Workers at Twin Rivers Paper Company Inc. in Edmunston have ratified a new five-year collective agreement that includes retroactive wage increase for a total of 11.25 percent over the life of the agreement which expires in 2023.
“I want to thank the hard-working members for supporting the bargaining committee who worked to ensure that the management understood that members of Local 29 must share in the mill’s profits,” said Dave Boucher, President of Unifor Local 29.
Unifor Local 29 represents nearly 300 members who work at the Twin Rivers pulp mill in Northern New Brunswick.
Other gains include production adjustments of 20 cents an hour in 2018 and 2019 and skilled trades adjustments of 25 cents an hour in 2018 and 50 cents an hour in 2019 and 2021.
“The agreement follows the pattern set for the sector and the fact is this mill is making money and the company knows our members are essential to its success,” said Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to Unifor’s National President at a ratification meeting in Edmunston December 20, 2019.
A side letter also provides 18 months of dental and health benefits for qualifying retirees.
Workers will also get family day starting next year.