PPWC union and Crofton mill brass reach tentative contract deal

A fresh five-year contract between Crofton's pulp-mill owners and one of its two unions faces a worker ratification vote Saturday.

A fresh five-year contract between Crofton’s pulp-mill owners and one of its two unions faces a worker ratification vote Saturday.

“We came to a tentative agreement with the company last night at about 10 p.m.,” Kevin McPetrie of the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada said Tuesday about strenuous talks with mill owner, Catalyst Paper.

He declined to give any other details about the pending deal affecting PPWC’s 400-some members.

“We agree this is the best possible agreement under these (tough market) conditions,” McPetrie said.

Balloting happens at 3 and 6 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Crofton Community Hall.

Details about talks between the mill’s smaller Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union and Catalyst were unavailable by press time.

Terms of a massive restructuring process by Catalyst stipulate new contracts with both local unions by Jan. 31.

“If all the pieces fall into place, the best-case scenario is it will provide another five years of stability,” McPetrie said.

Other pieces include Catalyst working out restructuring details with bondholders, and weathering depressed markets, he noted.

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Striking Western Forest Products workers willing to ‘modify position’ if talks progress

Brian Butler, USW 1-1937 president, says union and WFP to meet Thursday, Dec. 12

BUDGET 2020: City of Port Alberni departments ask for more staff

Industrial Heritage Society, SPCA to go over their budgets in Dec. 10 meeting at 6 p.m.

Supportive housing for women, children to be constructed in Port Alberni

Housing will be operated by Alberni Community and Women’s Services Society

Talks continue over new aquatic centre for Alberni Valley

Joint ACRD, City of Port Alberni committee asks for staff report on next steps

Sail Past lights up Alberni Inlet

Annual Sail Past took place at Harbour Quay

Tavares scores twice as Maple Leafs earn 4-1 win over Canucks

Vancouver sees two-game win streak snapped

UPDATED: No survivors in Gabriola Island plane crash: RCMP

Coroner confirms multiple fatalities after small plane goes down Tuesday night near Nanaimo

VIDEO: Harbour Air makes history with first electric aircraft test flight

Successful flight marks first of its kind in the world

The Grinch who Stole a Hedge: Security camera captures Chilliwack tree theft

RCMP arrives as person calmly walks away with tree in downtown area

The Russell Troupe finds a comfort zone in small Island community

Family gathering with two parents and five kids a common scene around Chemainus

Dogs and cat rescued in house fire in Nanaimo

Section of Old Victoria Road was closed to traffic Tuesday afternoon

Salmonella outbreak in Canada linked to rodents and snakes

92 cases of salmonella across six provinces, including B.C.

Meng Wanzhou wins right to more documents involving arrest at Vancouver airport

Defence lawyers allege the Huawei executive was unlawfully detained, searched and interrogated

Most Read