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Cascades’s St. Jerome mill strikes


September 30, 2004
By Pulp & Paper Canada

KINGSEY FALLS, QC — Cascades Inc. says it has temporarily halted operations at its St-Jerome, QC, fine-papers plan…

KINGSEY FALLS, QC — Cascades Inc. says it has temporarily halted operations at its St-Jerome, QC, fine-papers plant as 325 employees began a strike after rejecting a six-year contract offer.

“This impromptu and regrettable situation has forced management to interrupt the mill’s production,” Cascades said Thursday. “Customer service remains open and this conflict does not affect any of Cascades’ other units.”

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A negative strike vote became effective last Friday, the company said.

Cascades said unionized workers rejected a contract offer in line with the “pattern model” for East Coast paper mills. The offer was 18.5 per cent for a six-year contract, while the pattern model is 14.3 per cent over five years.

Cascades Inc. makes packaging products, tissue paper and specialized fine papers. Internationally, the firm employs 15,400 people and operates close to 150 plants in Canada, the United States, France, England, Germany and Sweden.

from Canadian Press


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