MONTREAL, Feb. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor, Canada's largest union in the
forestry sector, kicked off preparations for the 2014 pulp and paper
pattern bargaining in Eastern Canada at its Industry Bargaining
Conference this week in Montreal.
"This round of bargaining is about making progress for workers after the
recession that battered the forestry and the entire manufacturing
sector," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. "The industry has
returned to profitability -we'll be asking employers to acknowledge the
sacrifices and contributions of workers during the crisis, including
helping to take some companies out of CCAA protection."
Renaud Gagné, assistant to the Unifor Quebec director said the union's
priorities in bargaining will be economic improvements, including
benefits and job security enhancements.
The union has chosen Resolute Forest Products as the target company for
2014 pattern negotiations by delegates from 50 Unifor local unions in
Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario. The agreement to be negotiated
with Resolute will set the pattern for some 10,000 Unifor members in
the Eastern Canadian pulp and paper industry.
Negotiations with Resolute will begin in mid-March.
The union will also be seeking cooperation from employers in a campaign
to secure a national forestry policy to support capital investment,
value added jobs and worker training.
"Unifor has an optimistic vision for forestry and pulp and paper, and
we'll link our bargaining to a sustainable forest industry and better
days for forestry communities," said Dias, "Every successful forest
economy in the world is based on a partnership of government, labour
and business to promote the industry and take care of their workers and
communities. We firmly expect the same here in Canada."
To see Unifor's forestry sector overview, released this week, please
SOURCE: Unifor the union
For further information:
Unifor Communications Director Shannon Devine (English) 416-302-1699
Unifor Communications National Representative Marie-Andrée L'Heureux (French) 514-916-7373