Deer Lake Power is seen in this undated file photo. Star file photo
DEER LAKE The last of the eight unions under the umbrella of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper’s operations has reached a new labour deal with the company.
Few details of the deal reached by Local 495 of Unifor Canada — formerly, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union, which represents unionized employees at Deer Lake Power — were available as of press time Monday.
The union did confirm it hammered out a tentative agreement with the paper company this past Friday afternoon and the contract was ratified by its 22 members later that same evening.
All Rino Ouellet, Unifor’s area director for Atlantic Canada, would say Monday was that it was a relatively short deal that expires June 30, 2015.
“It was satisfactory to reach agreement on both sides,” said Ouellet.
Ouellet said Unifor was expecting to issue a press release about reaching the agreement later Monday. However, no release was issued as of press time.
The Western Star could not reach anyone from Local 495 itself to comment on the deal. Kruger, the Montreal-based parent company of Corner Brook Pulp and paper, declined to comment.
The deal with Deer Lake Power’s employees marks the end of about 18 months of negotiations with the paper mill’s various unions. The company reached deals with four of the six unions inside the mill in the summer of 2012, but further negotiations were required to agree to terms with the other two unions inside the mill.
Separate negotiations were subsequently held with the two locals that represent workers outside the mill, including the company’s forestry workers union and the power plant.
The provincial government has said it is ready to assist the paper company, but was waiting for the company and its unions to work out new labour deals.
Natural Resources Minister Tom Marshall was travelling Monday and unavailable for comment as of press time.