PA effort a "model" for others CEP endorses mill re-opening plan

    PRINCE ALBERT, SK, Sept. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Union members employed at
Domtar's pulp mill here have declared their support for the Saskatchewan
government's initiative in getting the facility back into operation.
    "At a time when the forest industry nationally is in crisis, when
thousands of mill workers have lost their jobs and when dozens of communities
are facing economic devastation, the efforts made by our members in Prince
Albert and the Government in Saskatchewan serve as a model for others across
Canada," said Dave Coles, President of the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers Union of Canada.
    "CEP has been saying for years now that the forest industry in Canada can
and should be revitalized. The re-opening of operations in Prince Albert
proves that we are rightandshows that strategic and determined government
intervention works," Mr. Coles said.
    "On behalf of CEP members everywhere, I also want to publicly thank
Premier Lorne Calvert for his personal and professional interest and guidance
on this file."
    Mr. Coles also pointed to the relentless efforts of CEP Local 1120
leadership and membership throughout what he described as "the most difficult
of times" during the mill shut down over the past two years.
    "I want to congratulate the mill workers and the community of Prince
Albert for their unbending commitment to the future of forestry and their
belief in themselves. Today's announcement would never have happened without
that solidarity," Mr. Coles said.
    At the same time, the union president acknowledged the efforts of Domtar
management and urged them to "continue to build on the good will generated by
this effort."
    CEP Local 1120 members, some 300 strong, voiced support at a special
meeting held here Tuesday night for the mill revitalization plan.
    "We never once even thought of giving up our fight to save this mill,"
said Local 1120 president Ron Rucks. "We worked from day one with the
provincial government and other members of the Task Force to make this day
happen. We are proud of our achievement."

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For further information: Dave Coles, (613) 299-5628

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