Cascades embraces union ideas
October 17, 2005 By Pulp & Paper Canada
In an effort to save its local mill from closure, Cascades is teaming up with Thunder Bay union members to try and …
In an effort to save its local mill from closure, Cascades is teaming up with Thunder Bay union members to try and identify potential cost savings, the Chronicle Journal has reported.
Representatives from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the International Union of Operating Engineers, the Canadian Office and Professional Employees and from the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union counseled that a committee of management and staff should be established to try and look for savings.
The Chronicle Journal reported IBEW Local 1565 shop steward Rob Gravelle as saying, “we have at our disposal decades of experienced personnel, who if they just listened to, basically have the answers to some of these problems as far as energy goes. They just need to be listened to.”
The Chronicle Journal further reported that although worker suggestions have been taken into account and implemented in the past, there is room for many more.
The impetus to direct energy into trying to pinpoint areas where the mill could be saving money came largely from comments made by Cascades CEO Alain Lemaire, who last week confirmed the future of the Thunder Bay plant looks shaky and that continued operation through 2006 is uncertain.
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