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Tembec reaches agreement with Temiscaming employees


July 27, 2010
By Pulp & Paper Canada

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A new collective agreement covering 680 unionized employees at Tembec’s operations located in Temiscaming, Que…

A new collective agreement covering 680 unionized employees at Tembec’s operations located in Temiscaming, Quebec, has been ratified. The new agreement with members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union is for five years and establishes a framework that will improve the competitive position of the various operations located at the Temiscaming site. A large integrated site, Temiscaming is Tembec’s largest facility and produces high yield pulp, specialty dissolving pulp, coated paperboard and specialty chemical products.
“Our Temiscaming facility is one of the key sites for our company and the ratification of this new agreement represents an important milestone. This new, long term agreement represents a key element of our long term plan for Temiscaming and demonstrates the commitment of our employees to improving the competitive position of the operations near term and to achieving critical operational and cost improvements required to support the pursuit of significant upgrades to the site,” said James Lopez, president and CEO of Tembec.
The company also stated that reports of a $300 million investment at the Temiscaming site are inaccurate. Although there are conditions in the agreement that are conditional on significant future investment, Tembec notes that no specific dollar amounts are referenced in the collective agreement.