The 150 maintenance and production workers at the AbitibiBowater Thunder Bay sawmill, located in Fort William First Nation, have voted to join the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.
CEP conducted a six-month organizing drive, which resulted in an application for certification back on Aug. 5 at the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
Subsequent voting took place throughout the day on Friday, Aug. 12, with CEP winning a majority support from employees.
“This is one of the most modern sawmills in Eastern Canada and we are extremely pleased to welcome this skilled group of forestry workers into CEP,” said national rep Stephen Boon.
“We will be spending the next few months helping them get established in their new CEP local and preparing to negotiate a new first agreement with AbitibiBowater,” he noted.
“This should be an excellent fit as CEP is the largest forestry union in Canada, and already represents most employees at AbitibiBowater’s Thunder Bay pulp and paper operations and almost 80 percent of AbibitiBowater employees in eastern Canada,” Boon added.