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Stop Trump’s tariffs on pulp & paper mills

New radio ads from Unifor highlight forestry crisis

4/16/2018

Victoria—Unifor released radio ads today to call on Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr to take action against U.S. tariffs levied last month on paper products from five Canadian mills.

“These bully tactics from the Trump administration must be challenged immediately,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The federal government has no time to waste. Five communities and thousands of workers are waiting for action.”

The radio ads feature some of the workers represented by Unifor who stand to lose their livelihoods in Corner Brook and Powell River. Unifor says the Trump government’s combined 28–32 per cent countervailing and anti-dumping tariffs on products produced by Kruger Inc. in Newfoundland and Québec and Catalyst Paper in British Columbia will force the mills out of business.

“Inaction is not an option for the Canadian government,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director. “These small communities cannot become casualties in the Trump administration’s trade war.”

On the East Coast, Unifor is also mobilizing to pressure the government to act.

"These are good-paying jobs that support communities throughout the region including Corner Brook. Without this mill, the forestry sector in western Newfoundland will be devastated,” said Lana Payne, Unifor’s Atlantic Regional Director.

The radio ads are available on unifor.org/stoptrumptariffs

Crofton BC radio ad

Port Alberni BC radio ad

Powell River BC radio ad

Cornerbrook NL radio ad

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).

Unifor fights to save five Canadian mills from Trump

4/11/2018

Unifor has published a video with interviews of Canadians directly impacted by the new U.S. tariffs levied against paper mills in Newfoundland & Labrador, Québec, and British Columbia.

“Right now Donald Trump is poised to do irreversible damage to five small communities across Canada,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The Canadian government needs to act, and it needs to act now to protect local economies and good jobs.”

Unifor says the Trump government’s combined 28–32 per cent “anti-dumping” tariffs on products produced by Kruger Inc. in Newfoundland and Québec and Catalyst Paper in British Columbia will force the mills out of business. Communities immediately impacted include Corner Brook N.L., Trois Rivières, Que., Crofton B.C., Powell River B.C., and Port Alberni B.C.

The video, launched as part of the union’s campaign, speaks with mill workers on both coasts and exposes how U.S. tariffs designed to undermine Canadian mills to benefit American competitors will affect their lives:

“The mill will close. If somebody doesn’t do something, not in August, not in September, if somebody doesn’t start speaking up now, we’re done,” Donna V., Mill Security, Corner Brook.

“These tariffs are not only going to shut down these mills but they are also going to shut down these communities,” Brett V., Instrument Mechanic, Powell River.

“My job would be over and I’d have to go somewhere else. I’d have to pack up and move and hope for the best,” Shannon P., Electrical & Instrumentation Technician, Corner Brook.

“There’s 1500 jobs on the line with a stroke of a pen from the United States Government.” Eldon H., Paper Machine Operator, Powell River.

Unifor is calling on the federal government to take immediate action to stop these unfair duties and support the communities affected by Donald Trump's bully tactics. For more information on the union’s campaign and the risks that the tariffs have on Canada please visit unifor.org/stoptrumptariffs

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).

Unifor condemns new U.S. forestry tariffs

3/15/2018

Unifor is calling on the federal government to intervene immediately to stop new anti-dumping duties imposed by the U.S. on pulp and paper mills in Newfoundland, Québec, and British Columbia.

“Unfair tariffs aren’t just political theatre, they’re reckless policies that will close down mills and throw hundreds of Canadians out of work,” said Jerry Dias, National President. “This is completely unacceptable and Ottawa needs to push back hard against these heavy-handed tactics.”

This week the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a new 22 per cent anti-dumping duty on products produced by Kruger Inc. in Newfoundland and Québec and Catalyst Paper in British Columbia. 

Provincial government officials have expressed concerns about the impact of such huge tariffs on the local economy.

“This unfair tariff is playing games with the livelihoods of mill workers and the workers that harvest product for it, not to mention the hundreds and hundreds of people who work in industries that depend on the economic spinoff from the mill,” said Lana Payne, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director.


In B.C., matters are equally dire in the communities surrounding Catalyst’s facilities in Port Alberni, Powell River, and Crofton.

“Small communities in British Columbia will suffer if the federal government doesn’t take immediate action to stop these unfair duties,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director.

Unifor represents 23,000 forestry workers from coast to coast.