Tembec's Pine Falls Workers Ready to Strike if Talks Fail
Aug. 29, 2006 - Workers at Tembec's newsprint mill in Pine Falls, Manitoba, are set to strike at 8 a.m. CDT (1300 GMT) on Wednesday (Aug. 30) if contract negotiations fail, the union said today.
According to a Reuters news story, representatives of the United Steelworkers and Tembec are scheduled to return to the bargaining table this afternoon. Negotiations could last throughout the night, said Gary Talarico, the union's lead negotiator and staff representative.
The union, which represents more than 300 employees at the mill, rejected a contract offer last week, saying it wants improved wages and benefits while the company has demanded concessions.
The previous contract expired Aug. 31, 2005.
In early June, Tembec and the five local unions representing approximately 750 unionized employees at the company’s Spruce Falls Kapuskasing newsprint mill agreed to extend its labor agreement to September 30, 2008.
SOURCE: Reuters and Tembec