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Rainy River district mill workers get 'big' profit-sharing cheques

In the first year of a 5-year collective agreement, the payout is $8,300 each.

BARWICK, ON — Workers at an oriented strand board mill west of Fort Frances will soon receive what their union describes as "big" profit-sharing cheques.

Unifor national representative Stephen Boon says each employee at the Norbord plant is getting $8,300.

A new profit-sharing plan was one of the benefits the union negotiated with the company in a five-year collective agreement reached last spring.

Unifor Local 324 President George Smith said "By entrenching this new plan into the current agreement, our members and their families should enjoy comparable profit-sharing payouts for years to come due to improved mill performance and a welcome resurgence in the forest industry."

According to Boon, the union has developed "a strong working relationship" with Norbord management.

The OSB mill employs about 140 Unifor members.

Norbord is the largest OSB producer in the world, with operations in Canada, the US and Europe.