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Paper Pattern Established in Canada by Affiliate CEP

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14 July, 2005

Local unions of the CEP in Canada ratified a five-year labour accord last week with Abitibi-Consolidated, thus giving the union a pattern for 25,000 other paperworkers in eastern Canada. The 2,500 union members at Abitibi’s 13 mills won better pension formulas effective upon ratification and again in 2005 and 2009. In addition, the pact provides for an unreduced pension at age 57 and continues an indexing formula for retirees. Wage gains amount to 11% over the term, and job security provisions protecting CEP members from losing employment due to outsourcing work were achieved.