Rayonier Advanced Material’s layoff ‘seems to be the beginning of the end,’ union leader worries

By David Briggs
The Bay Today
May 13, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

TEMISCAMING, Quebec — “There’ve been no updates at all,” explained Stéphane Lefebvre, President of Unifor Local 233, which represents many of the 275 workers recently laid off from Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), when the company announced it will suspend operations at the Temiscaming High Purity Cellulose plant. “No updates,” Lefebvre reiterated, “and that’s the part that we find really inhumane.” However, he hopes for more answers soon, as representatives from the company are coming up from headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida, to meet with the union on May 21. This morning, the union held a press conference at Unifor’s Union Hall at 35 Outlook Street. …Temiscaming’s mayor, Pierre Gingras attended, as did Chief Lisa Robinson of Wolf Lake First Nation and many others whose community is affected by the layoffs, which take effect on July 2. “This entire region is going to be impacted by this decision,” Chief Robinson said. 

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