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Unifor and PPWC complete western pattern agreement with Canfor


February 4, 2022
By P&PC Staff

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Pulp and paper unions Unifor and the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC) recently ratified a collective agreement for 900 Canfor workers.

This four-year pattern agreement promises a first-year lump sum of $5,000. This will be followed by annual wage increases of 2.5 percent, 2.5 percent and three percent.

The agreement also has improved temporary and indefinite curtailment language and an improved benefits package. It includes a substantial increase in the annual clinical psychologist benefit as well.

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“Forestry workers at Canfor should be proud of the work done by their bargaining committee to set a pattern agreement with strong gains, particularly for mental health support,” said Scott Doherty, Unifor executive assistant to the president and lead forestry negotiator. “This is a positive step forward for workers and sets the standard for other forestry agreements across the western region.”

Throughout this round of collective bargaining, Unifor and PPWC worked together to set strong standards for pulp and paper workers.

This agreement with Canfor covers 900 members at Unifor Locals 603 and 1133, and PPWC Local 9 in Prince George, B.C.

“This deal delivers strong wage increases and benefit improvements for our members,” said Gary Fiege, PPWC President. “We are proud this collaborative effort will deliver a concession-free agreement for Canfor workers and offer added mental health support.”

This round of bargaining sets the pattern for 5,500 members from 13 Unifor and five PPWC local unions in B.C. and Alberta, in a sector crucial to Canada’s economic recovery.