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Appleton Furloughs


Herald of April 2, 2009

About 100 management and staff workers at Appleton’s Roaring Spring pulp and paper mill will be required to take two weeks of unpaid leave, according to the company.

“Salaried employees will be required to take two weeks of unpaid leave before the end of the third quarter 2009,” said Bill Van Den Brandt, manager of corporate communications.

Unionized employees, who are under contracts, will not be required to take the furloughs.

The affected employees will be asked to work with their managers to schedule the weeks off so plant operations are not affected. It will be similar to scheduling vacations, except the time off is unpaid, Mr. Brandt said.

The mandatory furloughs are a response to a slowdown in orders for the company’s products and an attempt to “be proactive” in response to the global recession.

The slowdown in business activity has reduced the demand for the specialty paper, leading the company to believe that it needs to cut operating expenses.


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