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Unifor members approve collective agreement with Resolute Forest

Workers pile logs at a softwood lumber sawmill in Saguenay, Que., on Nov. 14, 2008. A new union agreement with Montreal-based Resolute, announced May 26, 2014, sets a pattern for negotiations by some 8,000 employees and other forestry companies in Eastern Canada represented by Unifor.

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Unionized employees at Resolute Forest Products in Ontario and Quebec have ratified a new four-year collective agreement with the newsprint, pulp and lumber producer.

The agreement with Montreal-based Resolute sets a pattern for negotiations by some 8,000 employees and other forestry companies in Eastern Canada represented by Unifor.

The deal, which the union says doesn't include any economic concessions, was approved by 86 per cent of workers who cast ballots over several weeks since a tentative deal was reached May 9.

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It covers about 2,000 unionized workers at 11 of Resolute's mills in the two provinces.

Terms of the agreement were not immediately available.

However, the union says it reflects "a brighter future for the industry" and includes issues of outside contracting and wage increases.

Canada's largest private sector union said the agreement was the first with a major sector since Unifor was created following the merger of the Communications, Energy and Paper Workers Union and the Canadian Auto Workers Union.

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