Members at Local 434 at Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd, a hardboard mill in East Chester, Nova Scotia, ratified a new collective agreement with a solid 97 per cent vote in favour.
The five-year agreement sees wage increases for the skilled trades and general workers in every year of the deal.
“Our bargaining committee was pleased we were able to hold off the company concessions and secure a strong deal for our members,” said Roger Collicutt, President of Local 434. “Forestry is a vibrant and renewable industry and our members contribute so much to this community, so it’s rewarding to see their work recognized.”
The group achieved considerable language updates including company-paid negotiation committee time, a shop steward, enhancement of Health and Safety articles and, for the first time, annual Paid Education Leave (PEL). The agreement also includes a safety footwear premium and health benefit increases.