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EACOM, United Steelworkers ratify six-year agreement in Timmins

Discussions were “constructive” and “fair,” say parties
EACOM and the United Steelworkers are celebrating the successful negotiation of a new six-year collective agreement for workers at the company's Timmins sawmill. (File photo/Lindsay Kelly)

EACOM Timber Corp. and the United Steelworkers (USW) union have ratified a six-year agreement for employees at the company’s Timmins sawmill.

In a Dec. 9 news release, the company said the agreement focuses on “enhancing employee experience,” and called the discussion “constructive.”

“The agreement improves upon working conditions, notably in terms of providing greater flexibility,” the release said.

“The speed at which we reached this agreement is a testament to the level of collaboration and trust between both parties and our willingness to arrive at a mutually beneficial solution,” said Wade Zammit, EACOM’s chief operating officer in the release.

“Our people are at the centre of our operations and the focus we place on taking care of them is what makes the sawmill such an attractive place to work.”

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Jacques Jean, president of the USW Local 1-2010, was equally optimistic about the collaboration.

“As always, the union is looking for an agreement that is fair and beneficial for both parties and we believe that this was achieved during this round of negotiations,” Jean said in the release.

“Now it's time to continue building on and improving the already good relation, communication, trust, and collaboration between the parties.”

EACOM employs 160 people at its Timmins mill and regional administrative centre, 110 of whom are members of the United Steelworkers.

Headquartered in Montréal, EACOM owns seven sawmills, a remanufacturing facility, and an engineered I-joist plant, employing 1,200 people.