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Weyerhaeuser employees given advanced warning of layoffs


January 11, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

It’s a waiting game for 140 employees at Weyerhaeuser’s oriented strandboard mill in Edson, AB. The com…

It’s a waiting game for 140 employees at Weyerhaeuser’s oriented strandboard mill in Edson, AB. The company handed out 60-day notices to all hourly union employees at the facility, indicating they might find themselves without a job in two months.


A report by the Edson Leader confirmed that while the notices won’t necessarily result in layoffs, they have employees on edge.

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“We have to serve 60-day notice of potential work outages,” the Leader reported Wayne Roznowski, Weyerhaeuser’s public affairs manager for Canada as saying. “That would be something where potentially, in the future, you may have to lay someone off.” Roznowski emphasized the company is required to hand out the notices, as is stipulated by the employee’s union contract.

 

“To keep all our options available, we did serve that notice,” he said.

 

The Leader further reported that production at the mill stopped for three days last week.

 


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