FREDERICTON, March 13, 2014 /CNW/ - The long-anticipated forestry plan
for New Brunswick was met with approval from Atlantic Canada's largest
forestry union. Unifor represents over 2,550 workers in the forestry
sector in New Brunswick and over 25,000 across Canada. It has lobbied
the provincial government for years for a long-term, stable plan for
this key industry in New Brunswick.
"We are very happy to see this new plan," said Jerry Dias, National
President of Unifor. "This is a perfect example of government,
companies and organized labour working together for the betterment of
The provincial government's plan is a much-needed step before any
potential industry investment can take place, according to Rino
Ouellet, Atlantic area director for Unifor.
"It is important that we see investment and commitment to our forestry
industry," said Ouellet. "Companies were unable to make those
investments without knowing what their resource forecasts would look
like, but with this plan, we expect those investments to happen."
The forestry sector has changed dramatically in the last decade due to
shifting global demand and a transition from resources like newsprint
to digital media. The industry was also among the hardest hit in
manufacturing during the recent recession, with a nearly 50 per cent
loss in jobs in the Atlantic region.
"The Newfoundland government just made investment in this sector and I'm
very glad to see our government follow suit in supporting this
industry," said Ouellet.
Unifor is the largest union in the private sector, representing more
than 300,000 workers in 20 different sectors. Unifor was formed last
Labour Day weekend by the coming together of the Canadian Auto Workers
union and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union.
For further information:
Unifor Atlantic area director Rino Ouellet
firstname.lastname@example.org, (cell) 506-333-9926
Communications representative Shelley Burgoyne
email@example.com, (cell) 902-717-7491