Forest Crisis not Going Away, Implement Recommendations in Report - Union

    THUNDER BAY, ON, Oct. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ontario Vice-President of the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union says the harsh reality of
another four years of Liberal government has hit workers and their families
hard in Atikokan with the announcement that Fibretech Synergy Wood Products is
going into receivership.
    "Voters very clearly demonstrated their dissatisfaction with the
Liberals' response to the forestry jobs crisis in Wednesday's election, and as
the Fibretech announcement demonstrates -- the crisis is not going away by
itself," says Makowski.
    "If this announcement had been made just before the election, instead of
just after, I wonder what the outcome of a very tight race would have been."
    "We hope that newly-elected MPPs Bill Mauro and Michael Gravelle
understand that, and we hope they know where to look for solutions."
    Makowski is calling on the MPPs for Thunder Bay/Atikokan and Thunder
Bay/Superior to publicly endorse the recommendations in the recently-released
"Solutions Agenda for the Northern Ontario Forest Sector".
    "We intend to make sure that the recommendations in this excellent
document on forestry renewal in Northern Ontario are acted upon," says
    CEP and the United Steelworkers (USW) had commissioned the independent
panel to study the forestry crisis and recommend solutions. The panel heard
from some 60 industry stakeholders including municipal leaders, industry,
labour, Aboriginal and other groups.

    CEP, the largest forestry union in Ontario, represents some 120 workers
at the Fibretec mill.

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For further information: Cec Makowski, (905) 371-6297

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