Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Letters to the editor...Mayor praised for his efforts by union boss
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Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 3 Mar 2006, p. 6


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Dear editor, I read the Feb. 24 Independent & Free Press and to my surprise read that Councillor Mike Davis is attempting to attack the goodwill of Mayor Rick Bonnette. I am disappointed with the comments of Councillor Davis; he should be praising the decision of his mayor and fellow councillors, as they attempt to help those who need their help. I have been and still am energized by the reaction of this town. Upon learning of the Curwood closure, the support and compassion, combined with how the town has rallied around these workers, and just how accessible the mayor's office is, must be recognized. When I phoned Mayor Bonnette, the first thing out of his mouth was "tell me what I can do to help these workers". He just rolled up his sleeves and got to work. Mayor Bonnette began this work by calling the U.S. headquarters of the company; he contacted government officials to request they attend a meeting with the union. After that meeting, the Mayor and MP Michael Chong went to the plant in an attempt to meet with U.S. management, who would not meet with

them. The mayor spoke with region staff, to see if there was any unused space available in the town. He was advised that there was a meeting room at the Mold-Masters SportsPlex no one was using, so he asked us if it was suitable to be used for the Action Centre. For his quick actions, Mayor Bonnette should be congratulated not criticized. The 137 workers need to know that they are going to be provided with the assistance and services they will need to seek re-employment. This small meeting room will do just that, it will be used for training, job search, and interview preparation, to mention a few. The Members and Officers of Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada Local 591G would like to thank Mayor Bonnette, Halton Hills councillors and staff, and members of the community who have offered to help, as we attempt to get all 137 Curwood employees re-employed. Norman Beattie, President CEP Local 591G


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Newspaper
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Articles
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Date of Publication:
3 Mar 2006
Subject(s):
Personal Name(s):
Bonnette, Rick ; Davis, Mike ; Chong, Michael ; Beattie, Norman
Corporate Name(s):
Curwood ; and Officers of Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada Local 591G
Local identifier:
Halton.News.203544
Language of Item:
English
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Letters to the editor...Mayor praised for his efforts by union boss