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Forest Products Industry Welcomes Back to Work Legislation to End CP Rail Worker Strike

May 28, 2012

OTTAWA, May 28, 2012 /CNW/ – The Forest Products Association of Canada
(FPAC) today welcomed the government’s action to move forward on back
to work legislation to bring to an end the ongoing strike by CP’s
freight conductors and switching yard employees. The industry
encouraged all parliamentarians to support this legislation to prevent
further disruption to the economy.

“The forest products industry is one of Canada’s single largest users of
freight rail services, annually shipping millions of tonnes of finished
product,” said Catherine Cobden, President and CEO of FPAC. “Rail
transportation is especially important for an export-dependent economy
such as Canada’s where delivering products to markets swiftly and
economically is a key to the country’s overall competitiveness.”

“Over 80 percent of our members’ mills are “captive” to a single railway
provider, this strike underscores the fact that increased competition
in the rail carrier business in Canada would create options for
Canadian businesses to get their products to market more effectively,”
said Cobden. “We’re currently estimating the daily loss to Canada’s
forest sector by CP’s recent work stoppage to be $22 million, but we’re
equally concerned with the impact mill shut downs will have on our
employees and their communities.”

“A prolonged dispute would have disastrous economic consequences for
Canada’s economy and its reputation as a reliable supplier, and we
welcome the government’s action,” added Cobden.

FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers
nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental
affairs. The $57-billion-a-year forest products industry represents 2%
of Canada’s GDP and is one of Canada’s largest employers operating in
hundreds of communities and providing 230,000 direct jobs across the


Source: PR Newswire