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Union workers accept Weyerhaeuser deal


September 2, 2003
By Pulp & Paper Canada

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Weyerhaeuser’s unionized office employees at the Dryden, ON, pulp and paper mill ratified an agreement with the com…
Weyerhaeuser’s unionized office employees at the Dryden, ON, pulp and paper mill ratified an agreement with the company.
The deal is aimed at minimizing the effects of mass layoffs.
Weyerhaeuser is closing its Dryden sawmill on Oct. 11 and laying off 25% of its pulp and paper mill employees, affecting 385 employees.
Union president Tom Welden praised the deal as being “a good one.”
A majority of the 67 members of Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 327 voted in favor of a deal which provides enhanced severance and early retirement benefits to 18 workers affected by the mill restructuring.
Negotiations are still underway between Weyerhaeuser and other mill unions.