Over the past six years, the USW’s intensified focus on the pulp and paper sectors has resulted in a number of victories for workers and our union – in bargaining; on the shop floor; in Washington, D.C.; and in communities spread far and wide across North America.
We committed at the time of the merger to communicate regularly on our progress in the paper sector. This report is the latest installment of our efforts. Without a doubt, you will see our industry is in general more stable, our wages better, our pensions improved and our jobs more secure than when this process began.
In fact, in April 2011, the USW negotiated its first second-generation Master Economic Agreement with International Paper on behalf of its mill employees, building on the progress we made in the original 2007 master. This milestone agreement will serve our members at IP and elsewhere well, but is merely the latest in the timeline of achievements the USW has made on behalf of our members in the paper sector in recent years.
In this progress report, we have highlighted a few of the issues and campaigns that have been successful, but rest assured that the industry and our members will continue to be challenged in the months and years to come.
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