POLITICS
04/14/2012 01:30 EDT | Updated 06/14/2012 05:12 EDT

Offer for workers at NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill has changed: union

PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. - The union representing workers at the NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill in Cape Breton says the company proposing to buy the shuttered operation has revised its contract offer to the employees.

Archie MacLachlan of the Communications Energy and Paperworkers union Local 972 says the proposal from Pacific West Commercial Corp. has changed.

MacLachlan said he couldn't provide details of the new contract offer before it is presented to the workers.

A union meeting that was to take place today was rescheduled for Sunday.

Pacific West Commercial's original offer would have laid off about 320 employees of the 550-member workforce.

The mill in Point Tupper, N.S., closed in September as it struggled with soaring electricity and shipping costs, a strong Canadian dollar and declining demand.