Monday Morning Minute: Aug 7, 2017

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Union Work – Collective Bargaining, Organizing, Arbitration, Worker Rights, Community Work, Political Work, Labor History

USW Local 731 – Glatfelter – Chillicothe, OH – 2017 District 1 Jefferson Award Winner

Deidria Collins of Local Union 731 is District 1’s USW Jefferson Award winner because of her community service and voluntarism in Chillicothe, Ohio. Collins works fulltime as a desk-checker palletizer operator for Glatfelter, serves on the local’s Civil and Human Rights committee, is a union steward, and is involved with Women of Steel.

She works with four organizations that aid the homeless, fund her local community center, provide in-need children with school supplies and help people who are struggling abroad. Most of Collins’ volunteer work is done through a group called Five Loaves Chillcothe, which provides food and other necessities to the local shelter.

“Without my good job and benefits as a member of the USW, I would not be able to give back as much,” said Collins, who is a third generation Glatfelter employee and union member.

Collins’ father, who began donating his time and money after retiring from Glatfelter last year, inspired her to begin her own journey with volunteer work.

Collins feels very fortunate because her job and her union make it possible for her to help others. “I’m very proud of being able to do this work,” she said.

Be sure to nominate Steelworkers who are active in their communities for a USW Jefferson Award and encourage your brothers and sisters to do the same! The USW Jefferson Awards nomination form is now open for 2018 submissions: http://usw.to/rq.

Safety

USW IP Box Safety Committee Meets at Carrollton, Texas Facility

The group met for a two day meeting July 31st - August 1st to continue their ongoing work together. USW representatives included Bob Tapp, Local 4-380 Barrington, NJ; Rodney Raines, Local 9-1411, Cleveland, TN; Roger Nelson, Local 810, Anaheim, CA and Tom Simek, Local 1417, at the Shakopee, MN facility; Leeann Foster, USW Paper Sector and Steve Sallman, from the USW Health, Safety and Environment Department. The Committee focuses on building effective safety committees at the plant level, communications, Right and Responsibility to Act (stop work authority) Training and Sustainment.

At the meetings, the group discussed with IP corporate, HR and safety leaders recent Safety Committee Effectiveness Training at the Barrington facility, future trainings and guidelines for safety committees. They also received a briefing on IP guarding, confined space and ZES procedure initiatives, the 5S Safety Leading Indicators, a Key Element Survey, the Right to Act and improving the Safe Work Observations process to include critical hazards and controls and early warning signs. The group also discussed hazards associated with loading and unloading of rail cars.

The IP Box local leaders will receive a fuller update on this meeting for input and future work. A quarterly conference call for the Committee is scheduled for late October.

Photo below: From left Bob Tapp, Rodney Raines Steve Sallman, Roger Nelson and Tom Simek.

 

Industry Update

KapStone Paper and Packaging – 2Q 2017 Financial Results

KapStone reported better than expected Q2 financial results after a discouraging Q1. According to Deutsche Bank analysts, the Company provided guidance commentary that also points to a good 3Q EBITDA if productivity continues to improve. Revenues were 5% higher year over year, primarily due to stronger containerboard pricing and, to a lesser extent, stronger distribution revenue, higher sales volumes, and product mix.

Many investors that Deustche Bank analysts talked to heading into the quarter were concerned there would be downside from incremental operational headwinds. Management believes that some key issues impacting Q1 have now abated and they remain optimistic about improved productivity.

The stock opened up in mid-single-digits and closed up 3%. It is believed that investors were relieved KapStone was able to stabilize its mill system.

USW Locals 988 (Coated Papers) & 731 (Fine Papers) – Glatfelter – Chillicothe, OH – Company Shutting Down PM-24 Machine to Cut Costs

Glatfelter will shut down its PM-24 paper machine by September 30th as part of several cost cutting measures in its Specialty Papers Business Unit. The shutdown will eliminate approximately 20 hourly positions and 70 salaried positions. Continued decline in the coated paper market was cited as the reason for the shutdown.

The PM24 shutdown will remove approximately 80,000 tons, or 10%, of capacity from the Specialty Papers Business Unit and reduce the Chillicothe facility’s exposure to purchased pulp. The Company plans for production to be absorbed by the remaining seven paper machines in the business unit.

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