Coal haulers ask for town council’s help

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MINTO, N.B. — The New Brunswick Coal Truckers’ Association made a pitch earlier on July 10, to the local council here asking for support in their fight against NB Coal.

Association chairman Frank Barton says the group is seeking compensation from NB Coal for truckers whose employment was terminated last December. According to the association, the company went back on its word and eliminated the use of Minto-area coal at the Belledune power plant — thus eliminating their dedicated runs.

This was a repeat performance of the action the group took one day prior in Chipman, N.B.

“What we want from NB Coal is fair compensation,” Barton told the council. “If they are willing to talk to us, we are willing to talk to them.”

Mayor Gary Di Paolo says council will discuss Barton’s request and advise him of its decision. Chipman council agreed to write letters on the truckers’ behalf to high-level politicians and NB Coal.

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