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Tembec lockout continues


December 4, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Locked-out workers from Tembec’s Pine Falls mill responded with a collective ‘NO’ to the pro…

Locked-out workers from Tembec’s Pine Falls mill responded with a collective ‘NO’ to the province’s offer of binding arbitration, a move put forward by Premier Greg Selinger’s government to settle the three-month labour dispute. The 270 unionized newsprint plant employees have been locked out of their workplace since August 31st, when the majority turned down a proposal calling for wage and benefit concessions amounting to roughly 35 percent, the Winnipeg Free Press reported.

While workers maintain that throwing in the towel is not an option, they steadfastly refuse to succumb to the mercy of an arbitrator under the province’s Labour Relations Act. According to the report by the Winnipeg Free Press, terms of the act stipulate that either side in a strike or lockout situation can apply for binding arbitration to resolve the dispute after 60 days.

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Labour Minister Jennifer Howard is requesting the federal government reconsider terms of the Employment Insurance Act to provide locked out Tembec workers with EI benefits, the Winnipeg Sun confirmed


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