Catalyst Paper Renews Labor Pact at Snowflake Mill

Catalyst Paper's Snowflake Mill in Arizona.

Feb. 11, 2011 - Catalyst Paper announced today that the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2688 representing 186 hourly employees at the company's Snowflake mill in Arizona (USA) have ratified renewal of the labor agreement through to February 28, 2014.

The current labor agreement expires February 28, 2011.

According to Catalyst, the new agreement provides for adjusted wage rates for new hires and entry level jobs, as well as for line of progression jobs. Other workplace management changes will contribute to greater stability and efficiency in the mill's overall operation.

"This agreement is a significant step in making our Snowflake mill more competitive in a very challenging recycled paper market. It provides strong evidence of the ongoing cooperation that exists among employees, United Steelworkers leaders and managers at the mill," said Kevin J. Clarke, president and chief executive officer. "We commend the entire Snowflake team for reaching this agreement in such a timely manner."

The Snowflake Mill produces 100% recycled newsprint and specialties papers on two paper machines. The mill has an annual capacity to produce 281,000 tons of newsprint and 65,000 tons of specialties.

SOURCE: Catalyst Paper