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After sawmill in Houston announces shutdown, workers say they need help


In October, West Fraser announced it will be shutting down its sawmill in Houston. This has left 225 employees with an uncertain future, and asking for help. Wayde Decooman is an electrician at the mill, and plant chairman for the United Steelworkers Union. "Nobody knows where they're going to go, what's going to be offered," he says. West Fraser says they have jobs for everybody. But nobody knows as to what's there yet."

Decooman also worries about older workers who may not be equipped for new jobs."They might be 40 to 50 years old. Some of them dropped out of school to start working at the mill." 

West Fraser says it will help employees relocate within the company, and Nechako Lake MLA John Rustad says a transition team is creating a training plan, but Decooman says they won't know what jobs available until the new year.

"It's all a wait and see, hope something good comes down the line for just about everybody, right?"

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