A new radio ad hit the airwaves and online this week in support of the workers at Northern Pulp, members of Unifor Local 440. You can listen to the ad online here.
“We felt it was important to highlight the fact that amid what has been an extremely divisive and heated debate about the mill’s plans for a modern effluent treatment plant that people’s livelihoods are being put at risk here,” said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director. “There is no doubt the issues surrounding Northern Pulp are challenging. We have to work together to protect the environment and defend the good jobs at the mill that support hundreds of families in rural Nova Scotia.”
With stories hitting the news daily, both locally and nationally, the union is stepping up its campaign to support our members.
“Tensions are high in the community and we know many people are feeling unsure right now,” said Payne. “We continue to seek leadership from the premier and all political parties to bring the community together and find solutions that work for everyone.”
In addition to Unifor members working at the mill, thousands of workers in sawmills, trucking and other sectors of the economy depend on the mill for employment.
“All of these jobs are at risk. There is a lot at stake. Getting it right on the environment. Correcting the damage done to First Nations. And protecting good jobs. This is all possible, but we need strong political leadership. No more hand-wringing,” said Payne.
Payne has meetings scheduled with opposition parties in the coming weeks to discuss the union’s concerns.
Members and supporters are encouraged to share the radio ad on social media and find more information at www.unifor.org/nsforestry.