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CEP calls on community comrades


November 15, 2004
By Pulp & Paper Canada

There is strength in numbers. Or so is the hope of local 689 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union o…

There is strength in numbers. Or so is the hope of local 689 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, who has organized to invite community leaders throughout Northumberland county to serve on its committee working to keep open the UPM Kymmene kraft mill.

"Our members clearly have a lot at stake in this fight but the entire community is also in jeopardy if the mill closes and 400 people lose their jobs," confirmed A.J. Dowling, president of the union’s local 689.

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The move to call on community leaders to join in the fight comes from an appreciation for the work that these individuals have already completed. "The support we have been getting from municipal officials and the business community has been tremendous to date and we think they should be a part of the planning and implementation process," Dowling continued. "Our goal is to convince Premier Lord that the whole community wants him to take a stand in support of keeping the mill open by telling UPM Kymmene it will lose its rights to cut wood on Crown land if it closes our kraft mill," he said.


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