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CEP fights for Smooth Rock


July 18, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The CEP has issued a letter to Tembec president and CEO James Lopez, asking the company to keep the Smooth Rock Fal…

The CEP has issued a letter to Tembec president and CEO James Lopez, asking the company to keep the Smooth Rock Falls pulp mill up and running.

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union wants Tembec to ensure the facility, which employs roughly 250 people, remains in operation while its representatives meet with the company to hammer out possible alternatives to closure. CEP Ontario region vice-president Cec Makowski said in the letter that he wants ‘no holds barred talks to consider all alternatives in order to keep the Smooth Rock Falls mill operating, with or without your participation.’

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Makowski sent an additional letter to Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty, asking him to help keep the mill running after July 31, the date earmarked for closure.

Earlier in the week, Makowski suggested the company sell the mill to Smooth Rock workers for $1, to “display some semblance of corporate responsibility.”

“Our fight for Smooth Rock has just begun,” Makowski warned. “Our hope is to keep this mill operating with or without Tembec, which means that Dalton McGuinty and the provincial government has to step up to the plate and help us save this mill, these jobs and this community.”


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