The locals agreed to the workplace changes in exchange for Catalyst restarting an idled paper machine and investing $12 million in upgrading a groundwood pulp machine. The alternative was that the 185 workers would be out of work permanently.
About 100 will return when the mill starts up May 1.
Boucher said the company had begun taking measurements to have the machine removed when the workers voted, putting undue pressure on them to accept terms demanded by Catalyst.
'The pulp and paper locals, the rest of them in B.C., have told these two locals to stay out of caucus,' Boucher said. 'We consider that they broke away in doing this deal.'