Employees of Twin Rivers Paper in Edmundston have signed a new 6-year contract which includes some wage increases as well as potential job cuts.

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The labor contract agreed to by 63% of the mill's employees will provide an hourly rate increase of one dollar to all workers and boost holiday benefits.

The downside of the deal is a plan by Twin Rivers to eliminate about 45 jobs by the end of September.  Although still in negotiations, the company expects to cut 30 jobs in production and 15 more in maintenance. Those cuts would likely affect specialized jobs such as machinists, welders, mechanics and electricians.

Twin Rivers Paper Company manufactures packaging, label, publishing and lumber products for targeted markets and applications. The mill has operations in Madawaska and Edmundston, employing nearly 1,200 people in Maine and New Brunswick.