New Contract for UPM Blandin Sets Positive Course for the Future

    GRAND RAPIDS, Minn., July 1 /CNW/ -- UPM Blandin Paper, Grand Rapids,
Minnesota, and Teamsters Union Local 346 have ratified a new four-year labor
agreement following two weeks of negotiations.
    "The new agreement helps position the mill very well for the future,"
said General Manager Joe Maher. "We are pleased with the efforts of both
negotiating teams and look forward to a productive four years ahead."
    The union membership voted 81 percent in favor of the contract which
includes general wage increases and changes to the benefits package as well as
some language changes.
    The negotiating process was described by both parties as positive and
productive. "It was clear at the table that the employees and company share
the same goal-to have a strong and competitive mill operation," said Patrick
Radzak, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 346. "It was a very business-like
negotiation that resulted in a fair economic package for the membership."
    The previous contract expired June 30. Teamsters Local 346 represents
nearly 400 employees at UPM Blandin Paper.
    UPM is one of the world's leading forest products groups. The Group
employs around 26,000 people and in 2007 made sales of EUR 10 billion. UPM's
main products include printing papers, label materials and wood products. The
company has production units in 14 countries and its main market areas are
Europe and North America. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock
exchange and the company has an ADR program on the OTC market in the United

For further information:

For further information: Joe Maher, General Manager of UPM Blandin
Paper,  +1-218-327-6398, or Sharon Pond, Communications Manager of UPM North
America,  +1-630-386-2681; or Patrick Radzak of Teamsters Local 346,
+1-218-628-1034 Web Site:

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