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Forestry plan much needed for New Brunswick

Largest forestry union awaits unveiling of the new provincial plan

MONCTON, NB, Feb. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - As the largest forestry union in Atlantic Canada, Unifor says that the soon to be announced forestry plan for the province of New Brunswick could mean a boost to the local economy, forestry sector and decent jobs for New Brunswickers.

The union is responding to the State of the Province speech by Premier David Alward late last week.

"We're glad to hear Premier Alward recognizes the forestry sector as an important driver of our economy," said Rino Ouellet, Atlantic Area director, based in Moncton. "We look forward to seeing this new plan, where the Premier has pledged to secure 20,000 jobs for those working in the industry."

Unifor and its predecessor union the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union have been pressing the New Brunswick government for more than three years to adopt a plan for the sector.

"We've lost thousands of good jobs in the sector over the last decade, with a number of mills closing down completely," said Ouellet. "I look forward to seeing jobs come back to the province and getting people back to work in this vital sector."

Ouellet said that in order for the plan to work, it must include in the process First Nations people, wood lot owners, labour, and crown land rights. He also said that to balance the interest of the province, government must continue to allow for environmentally-protected areas.

Unifor is the largest union in the private sector, representing more than 300,000 workers in 20 different sectors. Unifor was formed last Labour Day weekend by the coming together of the Canadian Auto Workers union and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union.

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