Canadian Manufacturing

Ainsworth Lumber strikes labour deal with Ontario mill workers

Four-year agreement reached with CEP for 130 employees at Barwick, Ont., operation



VANCOUVER—Wood products firm Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. says it has come to terms with the union representing workers at its Ontario mill on a new labour deal.

According to the Vancouver-based lumber firm, it has come to terms on a new four-year agreement with Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) Local 324-99 for the 130 employees at its Barwick, Ont., operation.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement and we appreciate the continued efforts and partnership of our employees and the CEP union at Barwick,” company president and CEO Jim Lake said in a statement.

Ratified by union members, the deal with the workers at the mill in the remote community of Barwick in northwestern Ontario expires July 31, 2017.

The current contract was set to expire July 31.

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