MIRAMICHI, N.-B., June 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Local Union leaders of the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada from five mills in the
Miramichi/Bathurst region have created an inter-union fight back committee to
help save jobs in Northern New Brunswick.
At a meeting today, representatives from the UPM and Weyerhaeuser mills
developed an overall strategy to help keep the forest based economy of the
"We think forestry is a viable and potentially vibrant industry and we
have no intention of giving up in our fight to keep mill workers earning good
wages," said Ervan Cronk, Atlantic Region Vice-President of CEP at the
"Our local union officers today have made it clear that CEP members will
not meekly accept the companies' decisions to eliminate jobs. We think if
companies like UPM and Weyerhaeuser want access to New Brunswick resources,
they need to create and preserve New Brunswick jobs," Mr. Cronk said.
He cited an emergency resolution from this week's convention of the New
Brunswick Federation of Labour demanding that the provincial government
implement such a policy across all resource based industries. The NBFL was in
attendance at today's meeting.
The fight back committee, with representative from each CEP local in the
area, will develop a step by step plan to get the provincial government to
link access to public resources - in this case, cutting rights on Crown land -
to keeping jobs in New Brunswick.
The overall theme of the CEP effort is entitled "Our Resources - Our
For further information:
For further information: Ervan Cronk, (506) 647-2750, (506) 857-8647