Still no deals for mill’s trade unions

Gary Kean
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CORNER BROOK —  It’s been almost three months since the other unions inside the mill agreed to new collective agreements, but the two trades unions at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper are still without new contracts of their own.

On June 22, the day four of the locals represented by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada agreed to concession-laden contracts, Local 96 and the electricians it represents stood their ground and rejected the same deal offered to them by parent company Kruger Inc.

Just days before that, Lodge 1567 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers also rejected the deal offered to their members, who include millwrights, welders and machinists.

No talks were scheduled during the summer months to accommodate vacations, but representatives from CEP Local 96 did meet with the company earlier this month.

However, no deal was hammered out during those three days of talks from Sept. 5-7.

Gary Healey, the CEP’s national representative at the negotiating table with the Local 96 team, would not comment on how the talks went or if any progress was made. He said Monday there were no further talks scheduled for the moment.

“Until there is a satisfactory agreement, there is always the potential for more meetings,” said Healey.

Lodge 1567 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers was not part of the latest series of contract meetings. Ross Edison, the local’s president, said prior engagements kept him from attending but said the two sides are slated to get together before the end of this month.

He is not sure his union will have any more success than the electricians had in their recent attempt to come to an agreement with the company.

“Not if they maintain the same position that they have always held,” said Edison.

The company, which has a policy of not commenting on labour negotiations, confirmed no deals have been reached yet.

Organizations: International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK

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