CAW Gets New Deal Nackawic Pulp Mill Could Re-Open

Nackawic, N.B.

December 21, 2004


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CAW Gets New Deal Nackawic Pulp Mill Could Re-Open
CAW Gets New Deal Nackawic Pulp Mill Could Re-Open
dated December 21, 2004

Nackawic, N.B.
December 16, 2004
       The fight to save the Saint-Anne Nackawic pulp mill in New Brunswick has cleared a major hurdle with CAW locals 219 and 1159 reaching a tentative agreement with a prospective purchaser, Tembec Incorporated of Quebec. CAW national president Buzz Hargrove announced the deal at a press conference in Fredericton, December 16th.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "This is not done without sacrifice or pain on behalf of our members and their families. But it was done with good will and the least amount of pain possible inflicted on our members and their families."

       The union refused to take a wage cut but did agree to holiday and benefit reductions. Hargrove said Tembec, the only prospective purchaser of the mill, didn't abuse their power but instead worked with the union to get a fair agreement.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "They did handle it very, very well and we came out of here with a good agreement, good for our members, good for their families, good for Tembec and good for the community of Nackawic and good for the province of New Brunswick."

       Earlier in the day CAW National President Buzz Hargrove met with New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord. Afterward he said the Premier was on side with re-opening the mill and working with the union and company to solve the pension plan shortfall at the bankrupt mill.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "He also was very encouraging on the pensions and said he would work with us to try and find a solution that was acceptable to the union and the plan members and that was important to us as well."

       When the current owner ordered the mill closed in September, CAW members picketed the plant. Barry Elsliger, president of CAW local 219 said the town of Nackawic rallied behind them and that support, combined with the efforts of the CAW national office, made the difference.

Barry Elsliger
CAW Local 219 president

       "All the community was impacted with the closure of the plant taking place in the middle of a shut down, we had woods workers, contractors, suppliers to the plant, the community at large, we had 100 per cent support from the whole community. Certainly, with that support, it impacted and put pressure on the government."

       The agreement now goes to the 300 CAW members at the Nackawic pulp mill for ratification. With a real chance the mill will reopen by the fall of 2005, the Christmas spirit in Nackawic is not as dismal as it was 90 days ago.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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