CEP and Ainsworth Reach Agreement

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Resolute CEP Logs Forestry Endangered speciesFORT FRANCES – Business – Labour and management in Fort Frances are going to get back to work. In voting Tuesday, 130 Members of CEP Local 324-99 voted 77% in favour of a new 4 year Collective Agreement with Ainsworth covering its OSB (Oriented Strand Board) mill just outside of Fort Frances in Barwick. 

Stephen Boon, CEP National Representative, said, “CEP’s relationship with Ainsworth has improved dramatically since a near strike in 2010 and these negotiations were very reflective of that improvement.”  

Boon added, “This deal offers long-term stability for the Barwick mill and most importantly provides stronger contract language and major monetary improvements for our Members in Fort Frances and Emo.” 

Key Terms of Deal
– Contract term from August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2017
– 10% general wage increase over 4 year term
    Wage Increases
    August 1, 2013 – 2.5%
    August 1, 2014 – 2.5%
    August 1, 2015 – 2.5%
    August 1, 2016 – 2.5%
– $.50/hour wage top up for all trades
– $.25/hour increase in shift differential
– new work boot option of $150 annually or $300 every 2 years
– improved language related to schedule changes, overtime, spares, temporary vacancies and pay for skills
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