Corner Brook Pulp and Paper mill. — Transcontinental Media file photo
Corner Brook Pulp and Paper and the last union without a deal representing workers inside the mill have reached a collective agreement.
Members of Lodge 1567 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) voted Wednesday night to accept the deal. The union represents almost 40 machinists, millwrights and welders working at the mill, which is owned by Kruger Inc.
The agreement will expire in one year. The last contract for Lodge 1567 expired in 2009.
Ross Edison, local president for Lodge 1567, acknowledged the provincial government’s support of the mill in a prepared statement. The province has said it is willing to commit up to $90 million to aid infrastructure upgrades.
“The offer of financial assistance in the form of a $90 million loan guarantee to Corner Brook Pulp and Paper shows (government’s) commitment to improving the long-term viability of the mill,” said Edison.
Electricians with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) accepted a deal last November, while four other CEP-related unions did the same last June.
Two unions representing workers outside the mill are still working without a new collective agreement — Local 60N of CEP and Local 495 of CEP at Deer Lake Power.
For more on this story, read Friday’s edition of The Telegram.