KAMLOOPS, BC, Nov. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - An agreement between Unifor Local 10B and Domtar sets the stage for an expanded commitment to apprenticeship training that will help to keep good jobs in Kamloops.
"Unifor believes in partnerships that can have long-lasting positive effects not just for the worksite, but for the communities we live in," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "I want to praise the committee for their perseverance and their progressive action."
"This is a deal where we can put the past behind us and concentrate on the future of the mill and our union" said Bob Stephens, 1st Vice of Unifor Local 10B.
"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," said Nels Goddard, Domtar Human Resources Manager. "We look forward to working together to implement the aspects of this agreement."
The agreement resolves outstanding issues related to the closure of the A-Line in 2013, secures retirement packages for a number of senior workers, retains all laid off employees on a recall list, and sets the framework for apprenticeship training at the mill. It also establishes scholarships and bursaries that Unifor and Domtar will administer in pursuit of supporting local trades training schools in Kamloops.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 305,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged. Unifor works to protect its members and play a leadership role in building thriving, safe workplaces and a strong economy so all workers in Canada have a good job, a decent standard of living and greater equality.
Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and absorbent hygiene products. The foundation of its business is a network of world class wood fiber converting assets that produce papergrade, fluff and specialty pulps. The majority of its pulp production is consumed internally to manufacture paper and consumer products. Domtar is the largest integrated marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America with recognized brands such as Cougar®, Lynx® Opaque Ultra, Husky® Opaque Offset, First Choice® and Domtar EarthChoice®. Domtar is also a leading marketer and producer of a broad line of incontinence care products marketed primarily under the Attends®, IncoPack and Indasec® brand names as well as baby diapers. In 2013, Domtar had sales of US$5.4 billion from some 50 countries. The Company employs approximately 10,000 people. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.