Operations & Management
Lockout looms in Terrace Bay
December 6, 2005 By Pulp & Paper Canada
Union trouble is plaguing other parts of the country as well. Roughly 250 logging truck drivers who supply wood to …
Union trouble is plaguing other parts of the country as well. Roughly 250 logging truck drivers who supply wood to Terrace Bay’s pulp mill may be subjected to a lockout, or forced to take a cut in pay, the Chronicle Journal has reported.
Contract negotiations are at a standstill, and according to the workers’ union, Neenah Paper will lock out its woodlands employees if the situation doesn’t move forward.
The Chronicle Journal reported mill manager Bob Baxter as saying the company is thinking about implementing a lockout because the union is refusing to negotiate. The publication further reported Steelworkers Local 1-2693 president Joe Hanlon as saying, “our feeling is they don’t want to negotiate and want to push us out on to the picket line,” an accusation Baxter has denied.
The Chronicle Journal obtained Neenah’s most recent contract offer, which details that workers are now on the receiving end of a 6.4% wage cut over a five-year agreement. Benefits, pension plans and vacations will also be affected.
The current collective agreement expired in August.
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