Kenora sawmill running

Press Release

After millions of dollars in upgrades over the last year, almost 30 Unifor members are now back at work producing lumber on the first sawmill shift at Kenora Forest Products.
“This operation closed during the height of the 2008 U.S. Housing crash and we are extremely pleased to see the company’s ongoing commitment to this operation has finally restored lumber production to Kenora along with the return of up to 110 well paying unionized mill jobs by this summer,” said Stephen Boon, Unifor National Representative.
“We worked closely with management throughout this process and in return for providing the long-term stability necessary for a successful mill expansion and start-up, Unifor members agreed to a six year labour agreement in early 2015 that increases employee pay to near the top of Eastern Canada’s sawmill sector,” he added.
Under terms of the deal, licensed trades pay will increase by about 58.5 percent to $41.79/hour with production pay rising by over 18 percent to almost $28/hour by 2020.