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Labour agreement extended at Tembec Kapuskasing


July 4, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Tembec and the five local unions representing roughly 750 of its employees at its Spruce Falls Kapuskasing mill hav…

Tembec and the five local unions representing roughly 750 of its employees at its Spruce Falls Kapuskasing mill have extended their labour agreement.

The original accord expired on September 30, 2005. The new one extends to September 30, 2008.

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The agreement will not imply any increasing costs to the mill, and it also includes ‘a number of positive initiatives and was approved by 85% of unionized workers in a ratification vote held on June 6, 2006.’ The unions, in collaboration with management will develop and effect changes to the operations that are expected to make the mill more competitive.

“This site has made great strides in terms of reducing the consumption of purchased energy, both natural gas and electricity,” said Terrence P. Kavanaugh, Tembec’s executive vice president and COO. ” The key remaining challenge for this site will be to overcome the incredible disadvantage created by the price of electricity in Ontario,” he said.


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