Unifor workers approve new contract with Interfor mill in Sault Ste-Marie
November 28, 2022 By Unifor
At union meetings held over the weekend, about 100 members of Unifor Local 1359 voted 80 per cent in favor of a new five year collective agreement with Interfor covering its I-Joist mill in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
“As indicated by the strong ratification result, our Sault Ste. Marie members were very pleased with the solid gains secured in this new collective agreement. This deal provides long-term stability for Interfor while providing our members with some of the largest monetary increases in the forestry sector in several decades,” said Stephen Boon, Unifor national representative.
Mary Casola, Unifor Local 1359 vice-president, added, “this new deal clearly achieved our objectives for bargaining and most importantly, it provides much improved contract language and major monetary gains that will help address the high cost of inflation impacting our members.”
“We commend the hard work of the bargaining team in securing an industry leading contract for our Local 1359 members at Interfor. I wish all the best to our members and their families for the upcoming holiday season and I am sure the many gains achieved in this new deal will contribute to an even more festive celebration for our forestry members as we enter 2023,” Local 1359 president Cathy Humalamaki concluded.
The new contract is retro-active to May 16, 2022 and remains in place until May 15, 2027.
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