Premier Kathy Dunderdale said in a press release Saturday that she is encouraged by the deal struck between Kruger Inc. and most of its unionized employees.
All but one group of workers at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper voted Friday night to accept the company's final contract offer. The only group who turned it down was Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP), Local 96, representing electricians.
The vote had been framed as a critical step to save the financially troubled mill.
The premier traveled to Corner Brook to be on hand for the results.
“This is encouraging news for the people of Corner Brook, the entire region, and our province," wrote Dunderdale.
“I commend the workers and the company for their hard work and dedication in reaching an agreement. Much work remains to be done but certainly this vote shows the commitment of the CEP workers to securing the mill's future. Corner Brook Pulp and Paper has been one of the region’s main employers and economic contributors for many years and we all want that to continue," she added.
The premier is scheduled to speak with media, in Corner Brook, at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.