Union workers at the Sappi Fine Paper Mill in Cloquet voted yesterday to call a strike if they choose to do so.
The vote and authorization of their leadership to call a strike does not mean a strike will occur.
In a statement to the Northland's NewsCenter, the Managing Director of Sappi's Cloquet plant said the company is "very disappointed" in the union's decision. He says that the company offered a "fair and competitive" contract package.
The company also says they have made a major commitment to the Cloquet site and its employees, with a current project that will convert the pulp mill to specialized cellulose. The statement says that the $170 million project will provide jobs for years to come at a time when the future of the paper products industry is uncertain.
The employees are represented by the United Steelworkers.