Monday Morning Minute: Aug 28, 2017

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WestRock Council Meeting

Local Unions and Staff of the WestRock Council met for a day and one-half in Destin, FL on August 24th and 25th. The Local Unions within the Council discussed site-specific issues and activities during report-outs. International Representatives from UNITE and UNI Global Union also attendance to discuss the need for a Global Westrock Council. Changes and consolidation in the paper industry, as well as markets and growth were also reviewed and a strategy and action plan was developed.

From UnionPlus – Enjoy a Union-Made Labor Day

Make your Labor Day the union way using products like grills, beer, beverages and even food and fixin’s made by your fellow union members. Copy and paste the following link into your browser to view a list of union-made grills, food, snacks and more: https://www.unionplus.org/blog/union-made/enjoy-union-made-labor-day

Certain Uncoated Paper from Indonesia: Part Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review

On May 9, 2017, the Department of Commerce initiated an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain uncoated paper from Indonesia for two companies for the period August 26, 2015, through February 28, 2017. On June 12, 2017, one Company – APP (PT. Indah Kiat Pulp and Paper Tbk, PT. Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi Kirnja Tbk, and Pindo Deli Pulp and Paper Mills (PD) (collectively, APP) – withdrew its request for an administrative review.

The Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. For APP, the company for which this review is rescinded, antidumping duties will be assessed at rates equal to the cash deposit of estimated antidumping duties required at the time of entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for consumption.

Safety

USW Local 4-276 – Carthage Specialty Paperboard – OSHA Cites Company for 61 Safety and Health Hazards

Carthage Specialty Paperboard faces $357,445 in proposed penalties for exposing workers to 61 safety and health hazards.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Syracuse opened an inspection of Carthage Specialty Paperboard Inc., on December 27, 2016, in response to a complaint alleging unsafe working conditions. Inspectors discovered employees exposed to serious safety hazards, including more than 20 instances of machinery lacking safety guards to prevent employees from the risk of amputation.

Machinery in the mill did not have safety locks to prevent the accidental start-up of machinery during maintenance, and employees did not receive required training or Personal Protective Equipment to work on electrical systems with up to 2,300 volts. Metal catwalks did not have restraints to help protect employees from falls, some as high as 13 feet. Employees also entered confined spaces without prior atmospheric testing, or means to rescue persons overcome by fumes.

OSHA also issued citations for exposing workers to struck-by hazards when the company failed to inspect cranes and hoists.

The Carthage-based company has notified OSHA of its intent to contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Consumer Product Safety Commission Recall Issued – Dan Post Boot Company Recalls Safety Boots and Shoes Due to Injury Hazard

Recall Date: August 15, 2017

Recall Number: 17-205

Name of Product: Safety boots and shoes

Hazard: The boots and shoes can fail to protect feet when heavy or sharp objects fall on them, posing an injury hazard to consumers.

Description: This recall involves McRae Industrial brand steel toe boots, static dissipative shoes and composite boots. There are seven styles of the McRae Industrial brand shoes included in the recall. The model numbers are MR85300, MR85394, MR47321, MR47616, MR87321, MR43002, and MR83310 printed on a tag on the lining of the boot or the tongue of the shoe. 

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of a tire falling onto a consumer’s foot while he was wearing his safety boots; resulting in a broken foot.

For more information: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/Dan-Post-Boot-Company-Recalls-Safety-Boots-and-Shoes

Industry Update

Packaging Corporation of America to Acquire Sacramento Container Corporation – Also Converting Machine at Wallula Mill (USW Local 12-990)

PCA will acquire all assets of Sacramento Container Corporation for $265million. The transaction consists of two full-line corrugated products and sheet feeder operations in McClellan, CA and Kingsburg, CA. Closing is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2017.

The Company has also announced that it will discontinue production of uncoated freesheet and coated one-side grades at its Wallula, Washington mill. In the second quarter of 2018, the Company plans to convert the #3 paper machine to produce high-performance, 100% virgin kraft linerboard. The machine currently produces approximately 200,000 tons of uncoated freesheet and coated one-side paper, and the conversion will increase to 400,000 tons/year of kraft linerboard. Initially, capacity will run at a production rate of 60% of capacity and will ultimately increase to 1,150 tons per day once a new headbox, forming section, and shoe press are added at the end of 2018.

PCA is the fourth largest producer of containerboard and corrugated packaging products and the third largest producer of uncoated freesheet paper in the United States.

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