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Resolute and Unifor reach tentative collective agreement

Once ratified, it will be the pattern for other companies
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The Resolute Forest Products pulp and paper mill in Thunder Bay (tbnewswatch file photograph)

The union representing 22,000 Canadian pulp and paper mill workers has reached a tentative collective agreement with Resolute Forest Products.

The four-year deal will now be presented to Unifor members for ratification..

Announcement of the deal comes just two months after Unifor said it had selected Resolute for negotiations to establish a "pattern" agreement for other forestry companies in eastern Canada.

Details of the settlement have not been made public, but Unifor national president Jerry Dias said it "will ensure that Unifor members receive fair compensation."

Dias also said the deal "creates local investment" during a time when the industry is under attack from the U.S.

Ratification votes will be held in Thunder Bay and at other Resolute mill locations over the coming weeks.