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Thunder Bay woodlands workers demonstrate


February 1, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Anger over the way their labour dispute has been handled, woodlands workers staged a demonstration outside the Thun…

Anger over the way their labour dispute has been handled, woodlands workers staged a demonstration outside the Thunder Bay offices of Buchanan Forest Products on January 30.

According to a report by the Thunder Bay News Source, woodlands workers who are members of the United Steelworkers Union, comprise a group of employees formerly employed by Neenah Paper in Terrace Bay. The group was on strike when the facility was bought by Buchanan and now, more than a year later, the dispute remains unresolved.

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The report confirmed that employees remain on the picket line, while Buchanan has contracted out the cutting of the Kenogami Forest, their former job site.

The complexity of the situation is compounded by a lack of legal requirement on behalf of Buchanan to initiate talks with workers. TB New Source confirmed that Buchanan is not obligated to restart negotiations with the striking local, ‘due to their termination by former employer Neenah Paper.’


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