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Port Alberni negotiations closed to public


October 10, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

According to a report by the Alberni Valley News, negotiations between Catalyst and its unions concerning the futur…

According to a report by the Alberni Valley News, negotiations between Catalyst and its unions concerning the future of the Port Alberni mill, will be held behind closed doors.

“We have decided to resolve these issues internally, rather than through the media,” Alberni Valley News reported Catalyst director of human resources Vern Phillips as saying. The report further confirmed that the decision was mutual; meaning the company, Pulp and Paper Workers Local 686 and the Communications, Energy and Paperwokers Local 592, were all in agreement.

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The main issue of negotiation is a proposal from an ‘unnamed customer’ to pour $25 million into a chemical thermal mechanical pulping project,” Alberni Valley News reported. Catalyst officials claim the undertaking would position the mill’s No. 4 machine as ‘the lowest cost directory paper producer in North America.”

According to Alberni Valley News, the company is seeking approval from the union for a five-year dedicated supplier agreement that would guarantee product delivery, free from interruptions. The story further confirmed that the project would not guarantee employment at the mill, even if it is accepted.


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