Unifor workers in Dryden have overwhelmingly approved a new four-year contract with Domtar. It includes wage increases of two and 2.5 per cent between September of this year and the fall of 2022.
"These contracts contain some of the largest monetary increases in the sector in almost two decades,” said George Smith, Unifor Local 324 President. “As indicated by the strong ratification results, our members were extremely pleased with the solid gains secured in these new collective agreements."
Top wages in the woodlands will be $40.60 dollars an hour. In the mill, the top wage will reach $46 an hour.
"Both contracts achieve the Eastern Canada Pulp and Paper Pattern that Unifor established with Resolute Forest Products in April,” said Stephen Boon, Unifor National Representative. “These agreements provide long term stability for Domtar, but most importantly, they achieve key language improvements and significant monetary gains for over 500 Unifor members in Dryden and Ear Falls."
Key Terms of New Domtar Mill and Woodlands Contracts:
Key Terms of New Domtar Mill and Woodlands Contracts
- 4 year term (September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2022)
- 2 per cent, 2 per cent, 2.5 per cent, 2.5 per cent annual wage increases
- $.40 per hour additional wage increase for operations and production employees
- $1.25 per hour in additional pay for skilled trades over term
- Up to $2.70 per hour in additional wage adjustments for some pulp mill operators
- Increased woodlands commuting pay with up to an additional $1000 per year for drivers
- New Remembrance Day statutory holiday for all woodlands employees
- 1 per cent employer contribution to woodlands pension plan in final year of deal
- Mill retirees will receive a .2 per cent pension indexation adjustment in 2021
- Increases in vacation entitlement, dental, life insurance, disability, vision, and bereavement leave
- Improved seniority, overtime and health and safety language in woodlands operations
- New 2 cent per hour employer contribution to Unifor Canadian Community Fund