Unifor submits letter to NS Department of Environment supporting Northern Pulp
The Nova Scotia Department of Environment sought public comment on the Environmental Assessment application filed by Northern Pulp until March 9, 2019. Unifor submitted our letter, supporting the process and urging government to find a solution that supports the Environment Act which outlines a set of principles for sustainable development that should guide its application, including:
"The linkage between economic and environmental issues, recognizing that long-term economic prosperity depends upon sound environmental management and that effective environmental protection depends on a strong economy."
Lana Payne interview on Sheldon MacLeod Show
Atlantic Regional Director Lana Payne visits Todd Veinotte in for Sheldon MacLeod on NEWS 95.7 FM in Halifax to discuss the current situation with Northern Pulp and why political leadership is what is needed.
Unifor airs advertisement in Pictou region
Click here to listen to the 30-second spot Unifor aired in the Pictou region through the month of February.
Unifor statement: Province must take leadership in Northern Pulp situation
November 28, 2018
Unifor meets with NS Minister of Natural Resources
Atlantic Regional Director Lana Payne, Executive Assistant to the President Scott Doherty and members of Unifor Local 440 from Northern Pulp travelled to Halifax for a meeting with Nova Scotia Minister of Natural Resources Iain Rankin.
November 14, 2018
Unifor is calling on Premier Stephen McNeil and his government to take a leadership role to resolve the growing tensions surrounding the Northern Pulp mill in Pictou County.
The union is very concerned about the tense situation in the community, including the possibility of Northern Pulp closing the mill until an effluent treatment facility can be completed.
“This situation has gone on long enough. The tensions and divisions continue to grow and the Premier needs to play a leadership role here,” said Lana Payne, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director. “We expect him to step in, bring all parties together, and attempt to have a reasonable dialogue in hopes of finding a resolution.”
“We are also calling on the premier to protect and stand up for good jobs in the province, like those at the mill and the hundreds and hundreds of workers in communities around Nova Scotia who depend on this mill for their livelihoods,” said Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to the Unifor National President. “There is no reason we can’t protect the environment and have good jobs in the forest sector.”
There are numerous pulp and paper mills that operate safely and with environmentally sound effluent processing facilities in Canada along the coastline, including in British Columbia.
Unifor represents over 230 workers at the mill. These are good-paying jobs that help sustain the region. Many sawmills and their employees in the province also rely on the mill for their livelihoods. The economic impact of a closure would be devastating to hundreds of Pictou County families and would have a very negative impact on the Nova Scotian economy as a whole.
Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.