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Unifor airs concerns about Howe Sound mill


June 8, 2016
By Cindy Macdonald

A union representing workers at Paper Excellence’s Howe Sound mill is making public its concerns about practices at the pulp mill.

According to the Coast Reporter news site, Scott Doherty, executive assistant to Unifor’s national president, claimed in a letter that there are 190 outstanding health and safety investigations, and continuing issues around contracting out work Unifor says laid-off members should be called back to do.

Doherty told the Coast Reporter: “This has expanded beyond the normal labour relations discussions that have taken place. There are other issues at play and we want to make sure all the stakeholders – the community, the governments, everybody – are aware of the fact that we believe things need to change.”

In an earlier statement to Coast Reporter, Paper Excellence director of corporate communications Kathy Cloutier said the company continues to follow its negotiated collective agreements and processes to settle our differences and that there are several arbitrations ongoing to resolve the matters.

Read the full Coast Reporter story here.