03/24/2012 11:53 EDT | Updated 05/24/2012 05:12 EDT

Quebec paper mill workers to vote on final offer from White Birch

QUEBEC - Quebec workers at White Birch Paper Co. will vote today on what the company is calling its final offer.

About 600 workers were laid off last December after the U.S.-based company closed its plant in Stadacona, Que.

If the union members accept the proposal the company says the mill could resume operations within a month.

The union rejected an earlier offer which it says would have slashed wages and pension benefits.

Workers at company's plants in Riviere-du-Loup and Gatineau will also be asked to vote on Monday and Tuesday.

White Birch was the second-largest newsprint manufacturer in North America when it filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2010.

At the time it had about 1,300 employees at three pulp and paper mills and a saw mill in Quebec, as well as a fourth pulp and paper mill in Virginia.

The company manufactures high quality newsprint, directory paper and paperboard.