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Workers look for solution as deadline looms


May 30, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The past week played host to a proposition and its rejection, concerning the future of Neenah Paper’s Terrace Bay p…

The past week played host to a proposition and its rejection, concerning the future of Neenah Paper’s Terrace Bay pulp mill.

Concerns about a potential falling though of the negotiation of a transfer of the operation to Buchanan Forest Products, prompted a proposal initiated by the mill’s employees to buy out the facility on their own.

According to the Thunder Bay News Source, a letter signed by Terrace Bay mayor Mike King, Schreiber mayor Don McArthur, as well as union representatives for roughly 650 mill and woodlands workers, was sent to Neenah’s CEO, indicating the employees’ interest in buying out the mill.

Despite Steelworkers union president Joe Hanlon’s referral to the proposition as ‘viable,’ the proposal was rejected. The TB News Source later reported the idea was shot down by Neenah officials, who maintain the option of the Buchanan effort isthe only potential solution to keeping the mill alive.

However, employees continue to battle for their mill, and are exploring alternate methods.

“Now, the backers of the worker buyout plan are moving in a new direction,” the TB News Source reported. “They say they will begin lobbying the government in hopes of having the operation transferred to employees.”

Neenah Paper has said that any deal must be arranged by June 1st, or the mill will close.


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