Edwards for President National Campaign Manager David Bonior and Congressman Mike Michaud Meet with Mill Workers in Groveton, NH

Mill closure in December will cost the Groveton community 303 jobs

(Manchester, NH) – Edwards for President National Campaign Manager Congressman David Bonior and Edwards endorser Maine Congressman Mike Michaud met with mill workers at the United Steel Workers Local 61 union hall in Groveton, NH today to discuss the mill’s imminent closure and John Edwards’ bold policies to stand up for hardworking Americans in rural towns like Groveton.

“What’s happening in rural towns like Groveton is wrong, and it’s happening because bad trade deals like NAFTA get passed thanks to the powerful voice of moneyed corporate lobbyists,” said Bonior. “As president, John Edwards will take on the special interests that lead to bad trade deals and put our government back to work for the people. He will never sign a trade deal that does not benefit American workers.”

The paper mill in Groveton, which is slated to close this December, will leave 303 mill workers unemployed right before Christmas. This is the second mill in Groveton to close in recent years, and adds to the job loss caused by the recent mill closures in nearby Berlin, NH.

“We need a president we can trust to fight for working families,” said Congressman Michaud. “I worked in a mill for nearly thirty years before going to Congress, and I support John Edwards because he'll fight for fair trade policies that are good for the hardworking men and women I worked side by side with for my entire life.”

Meeting with mill workers and United Steel Workers leaders, Congressmen Bonior and Michaud discussed Edwards’ proposals to reinvest in rural America and stand up for American workers. As president, Edwards will never sign any trade agreement that does not benefit American workers, and he’ll invest in job retraining and placement assistance for those who do lose their jobs. For complete information on Edwards' proposals on smarter trade that puts workers first, please visit: http://www.johnedwards.com/issues/trade/