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Unifor, Domtar reach deal in Ear Falls

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Domtar and Unifor have negotiated $100,000 early-retirement packages, and up to $50,000 in moving allowances, for about two dozen woodlands employees near Ear Falls.

“EACOM's Ear Falls sawmill recently hired dozens of additional Unifor members for increased lumber production and saw log harvesting on the Trout Forest,” said Unifor Local 324 president George Smith.

“However, as a result of the EACOM sawmill expansion, Domtar will no longer require its lone chipper operation based in Ear Falls after March 31,” he noted.

“In order to minimize the impact of this transition away from bush chipping and more towards saw log harvesting, Domtar and Unifor have now negotiated $100,000 early-retirement packages for senior protected employees throughout all of Domtar's forestry operations,” said Unifor national representative Stephen Boon.

“These packages will provide our long-service employees with a dignified retirement option while also helping to reduce potential layoffs of newer employees,” he remarked.

“Any affected Ear Falls employees wishing to re-locate to Dryden will also be provided with a range of moving allowance options based on years of service, up to a maximum of $50,000,” Boon added.

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