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Union, Abitibi ratify contract


July 19, 2004
By Pulp & Paper Canada

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Members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada have ratified a new five-year contract with…
Members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada have ratified a new five-year contract with Abitibi-Consolidated. The decision was the result of a weeklong vote in Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland.

The contract calls for wage increases totaling 11%, improved vacations and major restructuring of health benefits and pension programs, including a provision for retirement at age 57 with full pension over the term of the agreement.

“This agreement will serve as a pattern for the rest of the pulp and paper industry across Eastern Canada,” said Brian Payne, the union’s national president and chief negotiator. “Our task now is to ensure that the same terms and conditions bargained at Abitibi are obtained for our other 25,000 members in the industry here. This is a contract for our times.”

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