People who were temporarily laid off from the Great Northern Paper Mill have lost their jobs.
Cate Street Capital, the company managing the mill, said Friday that Great Northern officials have issued Worker Adjustment and Retraining notices to employees.
More than 200 people have been without jobs at the mill since being laid off in February.
The company says facilities with more than a hundred workers are required to list laid off workers as employment losses once they’ve been off the job for six months.
We spoke to Duane Lugdon a union rep for some of the former mill workers.
He says they expected the layoffs to last fou* months.
“As time goes by obviously more anxiety builds and we’re now at a place where unemployment starts to run out for our members. So this news today is obviously not good news. It essentially turns this situation from a temporary one to a permanent one. Obviously, we’re hopefully that new investment can be found that might resurrect the assets, but at the present time we have no certainty of that,” said Lugdon.
Lugdon says he plans to meet with the company next week and discuss the impact of the announcement.
He believes vacation allowances are due for some folks.
They will also discuss severance.