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White Birch workers approve back-to-work deal

But, union leaders say there's no guarantee the plant will re-open.


March 26, 2012
by The Canadian Press

QUEBEC: Quebec workers at White Birch Paper Co. have accepted an offer from the company in the hope they can get back to work.

About 600 workers were laid off last December after the American-based company closed its plant in Stadacona.

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union says the offer included major concessions—including pension cuts and a wage freeze—but 79% of those who voted approved the deal.

But, union leaders say there’s still no guarantee the plant will reopen.

Workers at company’s plants in Riviere-du-Loup and Gatineau will also be asked to vote this week.

White Birch was the second-largest newsprint manufacturer in North America when it filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2010.