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Update: Union signs, Fraser Papers will restart Edmundston pulp mill


August 12, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Fraser Papers Inc. announced Aug. 11 that Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union Local 29 in Edmundston…

Fraser Papers Inc. announced Aug. 11 that Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union Local 29 in Edmundston, N.B., has ratified an agreement that will see the Edmundston pulp and energy complex return to full operation over the next few weeks. The three-year agreement provides for a more competitive labour cost structure with future wage increases tied directly to the profitability of the company’s East Papers Operations.
“We are pleased that we could reach an agreement that better positions the mill to be competitive in these difficult market circumstances and into the future,” says Peter Gordon, CEO of Fraser Papers. “I would like to thank all involved for their hard work during these sometimes difficult negotiations including mill management, our hourly employees, local politicians, and particularly Premier Shawn Graham for providing the leadership, focus, and a path forward to the community and employees at a most critical time.”
The company will commence restart activities immediately and expects to restart the mill during the week of August 30. The company is actively working with suppliers to secure fibre and other raw materials to ensure a smooth restart.
Fraser Papers is an integrated specialty paper company which produces a broad range of specialty packaging and printing papers. The company has operations in New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire and Quebec. It is currently operating under creditor protection.

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