CHETWYND, BC, July 7, 2015 /CNW/ - Over one hundred good jobs in
Chetwynd have been created by the re-opening of the pulp mill that was
closed in July 2012.
Paper Excellence Canada Holding Corporation (PE) purchased the mill from
Tembec in 2014 and has been undertaking maintenance to restore
"We're proud to have been a part of a process to create good resource
jobs," said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Director. "BC's pulp industry
has struggled because our export policy kills Canadian jobs, but
hopefully this re-opening can lead a trend in the industry."
Unifor was able to negotiate a new collective agreement with PE that
approximates the industry pattern for wages and benefits.
"The government has placed all of its eggs in the basket of liquefied
natural gas extraction," said Warnock. "But in the pulp sector, this is
just the tip of the iceberg if the BC government began to take resource
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing
more than 305,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when
the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers unions merged.
For further information:
please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@Unifor.org