AbitibiBowater May Reopen Dolbeau Paper Mill After Workers Agree to Contract Changes

Sept. 26, 2011 (Winnepeg Free Press) - AbitibiBowater is considering reopening a second shuttered Quebec paper mill after unionized workers in Dolbeau-Mistassini unanimously agreed to change their contracts.

The Montreal-based company now needs to secure a government supply of fibre for at least five years and then address energy issues at the mill.

Some 240 workers were employed at the mill's two specialty grade commercial printing machines when production stopped in June 2009. It was permanently closed a year later, along with a newsprint mill in Gatineau.

Each may reopen operating with just one paper machine.

"This is in the possibility of restarting the mill as it is in Gatineau, but we're not there yet. It's a first step," said spokesman Pierre Choquette.

As was the case in Gatineau, workers agreed to some sub-contracting of mechanics and workshop functions and other changes that don't affect wages, pensions or vacations.

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SOURCE: Winnepeg Free Press