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Prince Albert sale leaves union members anxious


March 13, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

A shaky ground for Weyerhaeuser’s Prince Albert pulp and paper mill is making the United Steelworkers uneasy. The u…

A shaky ground for Weyerhaeuser’s Prince Albert pulp and paper mill is making the United Steelworkers uneasy. The union is looking for assurances from the company that should the mill close, that its northern sawmills will continue to operate.

In a letter to Weyerhaeuser senior vice president for Canada, Craig Neesor, Steelworkers IWA council chair Norm Rivard inquired whether the sawmills in Big River and the Wapawekka facility in Prince Albert will stay up and running once the Prince Albert pulp and paper mill is sold.

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“The union is prepared to work proactively to find a workable resolution to the situation,” Rivard indicated in his letter. “But we need to know that the future of our members is a part of the equation as it is inextricably tied to the fate of the Prince Albert facilities.”

For its part, Weyerhaeuser has confirmed plans to close the paper mill, and that it is actively looking for buyers for the pulp operation.


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