Contract talks between Domtar and 550 Unifor members at the Dryden pulp mill and woodlands operations are headed to conciliation.
Negotiations begin on Monday.
Contract negotiations broke down in late January and Unifor then applied for conciliation for 225 maintenance, production and office employees and over 325 log harvesting, chipping and trucking members.
Unifor national representative Stephen Boon said Thursday that “we of course hope conciliated talks are successful next week, but we have also scheduled strike votes within the next 10 days in order to prepare for potential strike action as early as May 8 if these contract talks fail to achieve key local demands and all elements of Unifor’s Eastern Canada Pulp and Paper Pattern.”
The last collective agreement for Unifor Local 105 at the pulp mill and Local 324 in the woodlands operations expired Aug. 31, 2014.