Representatives of the local steel workers union took pointed jabs at Wausau Paper's corporate officers in Wisconsin, when they gathered to voice their concerns over what they call a pitiful severance package for laid-off workers.
"One week per year of service up to 12 weeks and I have people in there with 43 years, so it's not really a fair deal," says 31-year employee and local union president Murray Rogers. "It's probably decent out in Wausau where the other mills are because the job market is huge. Here... people are going to struggle."
Wausau Paper announced last month that it will close the New Hampshire plant at the end of the year. Over 300 employees will eventually lose their jobs. Some say it is a sign of what's to come for the country's struggling manufacturing market.
"The people in this country had better wake up and start electing officials that can see through these free trade agreements. There is nothing free about it. They cost American people their jobs," says Wausau worker Paul Mason.
The city of Berlin, which is about 25 miles from Groveton, already knows what it's like to lose hundreds of jobs. The old pulp mill in their city closed over a year ago. The closure forced many families to leave the area. Economic planners in Berlin say the Wausau closure is going to compound an already bad situation.
"We need to start focusing on a regional approach to economic development because small towns like Groveton and even Berlin-- we just can't develop the critical mass necessary to all of a sudden create a new economic base," says Regional Economic Development director Normand Sharest.
Some laid off workers in Berlin were able to find employment at the Fraser Paper Mill in Gorham. Others have become correctional officers at the nearby state prison. Prison officials say they have already begun taking applications from Wausau workers like Bob Levesque. Levesque says the prison is a good opportunity for him.
"I wish all the employees at Wausau good luck," he adds.
Sunday, May 19 2013 12:06 AM EDT2013-05-19 04:06:03 GMT
Vermont State Police have charged 22-year-old Adam Page of Newport for stealing the Newport City Elementary School bus, which has now been declared totaled. A stolen dog was also recovered in the busMore >>
State Police say he is also being charged with the theft of two other vehicles and a woman's dog.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:45:20 GMT
State police are looking for the person responsible for stealing a school bus and taking it for a joyride in northern Vermont. Troopers say the 2014-model bus belonging Newport City Elementary SchoolMore >>
Police say the school bus belonging to the Newport City Elementary School was taken for a joy ride Friday night.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:10 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:10:53 GMT
A fatal accident in Lyndon Saturday. It happened around 2:30 Saturday afternoon on Route 122. Police say 76-year-old Gerda Blaszczyk of St. Johnsbury swerved to avoid an animal. Her car travelled up anMore >>
Police say the driver swerved to avoid an animal.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:03 PM EDT2013-05-19 00:03:45 GMT
Senator Bernie Sanders is touring the state this weekend with a special guest. Sanders and the Danish Ambassabdor to the United States are hosting town hall meetings in Burlington, Brattleboro and Montpelier. TheMore >>
Sanders and the Danish Ambassabdor to the United States are hosting town hall meetings.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:56:03 GMT
Saturday marked a new beginning for Castleton State College students. "Were all gathered here, getting fired up, having a good time," explained Castleton graduate, David Carrier. The 500 graduates hadMore >>
It's graduation day for the class of 20-13 at Castleton State College. And just for the occasion, the college invited back an alumnus with a strong connection to the school.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:51 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:51:14 GMT
Young bikers were learning the rules of the road in South Burlington Saturday. Kids who brought their bikes to the Dorset St. Park received free checks for their brakes, chains, and tires. Helmets alsoMore >>
and much more... making sure kids are safe before they hit the roads this summer.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:49 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:49:26 GMT
On a sun-soaked Saturday, Karen Trayah and her dogs enjoyed the sights, sounds, and of course smells of a festival for fidos. "It's called Woofstock, however, this is our 1st year doing it here at theMore >>
Making sure our furry friends have a place to call home.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:54 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:54:10 GMT
The door to room 118 at the Liberty Inn and Suites is gone-- busted by police during an early morning drug raid. They say tenant Julie Herron, 41, was selling heroin out her room. She was living thereMore >>
A South Burlington drug bust exposed new abuses of the state's homeless voucher program. A couple was arrested for selling heroin out of their motel room, and police say the state was footing the bill for their stay.More >>