Ppwc Local 2 Collective Agreement

Crofton, BC – The Pulp and Paper Workers of Canada (PPWC), Local No. 2 and Catalyst Paper announced today that an interim agreement has been reached on the renewal of the collective agreement within the Crofton division. The agreement covers the two priorities of a target of USD 80 per tonne for labour costs and through the PPWC Industry Pattern Agreement. The four-year agreement will enable the project to achieve competitive labour costs through innovation in labour practice and the implementation of new ways to reduce staff without the need for traditional redundancies and severance pay. Age and staff service allow for changes in the workplace that are required with a succession plan for older workers who leave the industry each year at a high rate. “The commitment, commitment and understanding by both Catalyst`s and Local No. 2`s negotiating teams made this agreement possible. The atypical nature of these negotiations meant that everyone had to take a holistic view to adapt the countless components to a plan that was part of these periods of economic turbulence. By ratifying this agreement, the Crofton pulp and paper mill will be better able to meet the challenges that the industry is currently facing,” said Lloyd Kelly, PPWC Local President #2 Do you want to be part of a union that believes in controlling membership? Are you ready to meet your employer under the same conditions? Do you want the security of a negotiated collective agreement? Our annual meeting is held with delegates from each local PPWC, in proportion to the number of local union members. The union recommends that its members adopt the agreement and the results of the ratification vote are expected to be announced on December 3, 2008. THE PPWC represents about 560 employees at the Crofton plant.

Todd Smith First Vice President and Chief Union organizer, Vancouver, BC 604.731.1909 (office) 1.888.992.PPWC (free) 778.246.0967 (mobile phone) vp1@ppwc.ca “The union is praised for its solution-oriented approach to addressing the important issues facing the industry and our cost structure. We have reached an agreement that balances the needs of its members while helping to create a more profitable business that will focus on workplace safety and production orientation in everyone`s mind,” said Richard Garneau, President and CEO of Catalyst. I am part of several unions. What I like most about the PPWC is the autonomy you have on the ground, the fact that you have a say in how money is used and how it works. That is not the feeling I had when I was one of the largest unions. The most important thing about being a union member is that someone always has their back… You have support and someone to help you all the way. If you`re out there and you feel like you need good representation and someone you can talk to, pick up the PPWC.

Someone from the union is going to talk to you. I think you will be very pleased with your decision. Local PPWC represent workers in 36 certifications, including health care, education, wood industry, manufacturing, chemical facilities and recycling, as well as labor and craftsmen. PPWC members work and live in dozens of communities across the province. The creation of the PPWC is structured to maximize participation in national and local trade union affairs. National officers are fully accountable to the National Executive Council of our union and are elected by referendum. The long-term benefits of joining a union are enormous. Statistics show that Canadian workers have much higher working conditions, on average 29% higher wages, higher benefits and pensions, longer leave and safer, more democratic and egalitarian jobs.