Domtar workers vote 88 per cent against adjustment

Kamloops Daily News
February 1, 2013 01:00 AM

Union members at Domtar have rejected a contract adjustment worked out with the company, voting 88 per cent against a transition plan involving the layoff of 107 employees.

The vote on Thursday drew a high member turnout, said Doug Cumming, interim president of Local 10B of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union.

"The company needed too many concessions for the transition plan to work," he said.

Cumming said the union has scheduled a meeting next Thursday with the company. The union will wait and see whether the company wants to meet before that date.

"If Domtar is willing to do another adjustment, we're more than willing to sit down with them," Cumming said.

However, the union prefers to stick with the language in its collective agreement to achieve the necessary adjustment.

"There is language in the collective agreement that speaks to transition."

Domtar announced in December that it will close down it's A-line pulp machine and lay off 125 workers. The company and union have been meeting regularly since then to work out a plan.

Cumming was unwilling to discuss which components of the adjustment were unacceptable to his members.

The mill's B-line, which produces 350,000 tonnes of softwood kraft pulp annually and employs 300 workers, will continue operating.

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