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Workers vote against Newfoundland cuts


September 4, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

CEP members have voted overwhelmingly against plans by AbitibiBowater to cut 171 jobs at its plant in Grand Falls-W…

CEP members have voted overwhelmingly against plans by AbitibiBowater to cut 171 jobs at its plant in Grand Falls-Windsor, NF.

The company proposed the job cuts as part of a solution to keeping the mill up and running. However, CBC reported provincial natural resources minister Kathy Dunderdale as saying the ramifications of the layoffs will be far-reaching. “The implications of this plan are well beyond the 171 that are affected directly by AbitibiBowater in the operations in the mill,” CBC reported Dunderdale as saying. “The repercussions go well beyond it.”

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More than 100 of the jobs on the chopping block are accounted for by Local 63 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union members. A total of 90% of the mill’s unionized workers participatd in the vote, and 99% of them voted to reject the plan, CBC confirmed.

Union leaders are meeting on September 4 with minister Dunderdale.


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