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UPM hopeful for future


August 23, 2005
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The establishment of a new, five-year contract with its largest union group is proving to be a stepping stone for s…

The establishment of a new, five-year contract with its largest union group is proving to be a stepping stone for securing a future for the mill.

Roughly 80% of Local 689 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union members who voted, did so in favour of the proposed agreement which has been worked out in negotiations earlier this month. In mid-September the mill will start up production on one of its two paper machines. The start date of the other line has yet to be determined.

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The contract marks the end of the longest strike in the mill’s history, which lasted longer than eight months. The previous contract expired on June 30th 2004.

The agreement provides the company with increased flexibility in its daily operations, changes to lines of progression and new qualification requirements which include testing, training and skills development.


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