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CEP expects upcoming talks to be challenging


March 3, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

With current agreements set to expire on April 30, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP…

With current agreements set to expire on April 30, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) says it understands the upcoming talks with employers in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada could be the toughest ones in history.

The CEP has chosen talks with AbitibiBowater Inc. to set the industry-wide pattern for the new contracts. They are seeking three-year deals with the employers, a timeframe selected in part because the union expects the industry’s market situation will have improved by then. 

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In a recent Reuters article, CEP president Dave Coles said with the high number of shuttered mills and companies in debt, the upcoming talks could be the hardest the industry has ever seen. The CEP represents about 15,000 workers in the pulp and paper industry in Eastern and Central Canada.

According to the article, the union did not say when the talks would start.    


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