Domtar workers to vote on company layoff plan

Unionized workers at Domtar will vote on Thursday, Jan. 31, on a plan the company says will minimize the impact of a coming line shutdown at the pulp mill.

Domtar spokeswoman Bonny Skene would not provide details of the adjustment agreement the company has proposed, but said it’s meant to alleviate some of the difficulties employees are facing.

In December, Domtar announced it would permanently close its A-line mill.

The line produces sawdust pulp, which the company says is less competitive than the pulp produced from softwood on the mills B-line.

The shutdown will see 125 workers laid off by March, 107 of them union members.

Doug Cumming, interim president of Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada Local 10-B, also declined to provide details of the agreement.

“I haven’t been able to speak to all the members myself yet. We’re going through crew by crew and there’s a significant number of guys that are coming into work tomorrow that haven’t heard anything about it yet,” he said.

“It’s better for them if they hear it from us.”




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