Union says loggers at AbitibiBowater mill in N.L. told to go home by company

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GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, N.L. A union spokesman says loggers who work for the AbitibiBowater (TSX:ABH) mill in Newfoundland and Labrador have been told to go home by the company.

Gary Healey of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union in Grand Falls-Windsor says the union hasnt been notified about any complete shutdown of logging operations, but says workers were told as of midnight Saturday to go home and stay there.

The company decided to suspend operations on the logging side, says Healey.

And I guess in their haste to do that, they didnt inform the union, so we dont know why they did it.

Healey says he expects to learn more on Monday and the union should have more to say at that time.

The company plans to shut down the mill in March at a cost of 800 jobs in the Grand Falls-Windsor area.

The mill has some wood on site, but Healey says probably not enough for the next three months.

The planned shutdown of the mill has prompted the province to expropriate the companys resource rights and hydro assets.

As a result, AbitibiBowater is threatening legal action and says the governments move violates the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Organizations: AbitibiBowater, TSX, Energy and Paperworkers Union

Geographic location: Grand Falls-Windsor, GRAND FALLS, Newfoundland and Labrador

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