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Resolute presents Baie Comeau workers with a choice of job losses


October 1, 2013
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Workers at the Resolute Forest Product’s Baie Comeau newsprint mill were presented with two scenarios by the parent company: either reduce the workforce by 90 workers and lengthen the work day to 12 hours from eight, or shut down one of…

Workers at the Resolute Forest Product’s Baie Comeau newsprint mill were presented with two scenarios by the parent company: either reduce the workforce by 90 workers and lengthen the work day to 12 hours from eight, or shut down one of the mill’s three newsprint machines and reduce the workforce by 150 workers, according to a report from the Canadian Press.

Company spokesman Pierre Choquette told Canadian Press the company is trying to make the mill more competitive, and unionized workers have one week to choose an option. He said the company wants to maintain three machines, but reduce the number of workers from 360 to about 270.

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The story also notes that Resolute’s Clermont mill downsized earlier this year, as well as increasing subcontracting and cutting back to two machines.


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