Sappi Workers Set to Strike

By KBJR News 1

Sappi Workers Set to Strike

November 28, 2012 Updated Nov 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM CST

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.

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