Monday Morning Minute: Jan. 8, 2018


Incident Alert

USW Local 12943 – Domtar – Kingsport, TN

On December 11, 2017, a member of local 12943 received multiple injuries to his hand. Preliminary information is that the member’s hand was pinned against the fork truck mast by a paper machine’s stock screen door.

The primary stock screen door weighing approximately 4500 pounds was rigged vertically for transport. The bottom slipped in the chains allowing the door to pin the victim’s hand between the door and the top of the mast of the fork truck. As a result, the member broke his thumb and doctors removed his thumbnail. He was treated at Holston Valley Hospital and released the same day.

This was the first time the crew had done this task. Supervision from maintenance and production were also at the job site prior to and during the time of the incident.

Health, Safety and Environment Staff, Steve Sallman, remotely assisted the local with the investigation.


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

Finnish white-collar workers threaten strike in paper industry

On January 2nd, white-collar workers in Finland’s paper industry threatened to go on strike later this month in a dispute with employers over a new wage deal.

About 3,000 clerical workers are due to begin a week-long strike on January 17, 2018, trade union Pro said, adding that a refusal to work overtime is due to start already on Tuesday.

The paper industry, including companies such as UPM, Stora Enso, and Metsa Group, accounted for 22 percent of all Finnish exports in 2016.

From Two Sides North America – Think Going Paperless Saves Forests? Watch this Video

The Rainey family of Arkansas does a great job of managing their forest land.  It's another example that shows why North American forests are growing and providing essential economic, environmental and social benefits to our communities.

To get the story behind paper and our forests, watch the latest Faces of the Forest video by Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds.



OSHA’s Winter Weather Guidelines

Winter weather presents hazards including slippery roads/surfaces, strong winds and environmental cold. Employers must prevent illnesses, injuries, or fatalities, by controlling these hazards in workplaces impacted by winter weather.

To prevent slips, trips, and falls, employers should clear snow and ice from walking surfaces, and spread deicer, as quickly as possible after a winter storm. When walking on snow or ice is unavoidable workers should be trained to:

Click here for other tips and more information.


Industry Update

USW Local 507 – Evergreen Packaging – Canton, NC – $50 Million Upgrade is Underway at Mill

Evergreen Packaging is investing $17.9 million to upgrade environmental technology at its mill in Canton, NC. The project is part of a response to Environmental Protection Agency regulations on air pollution.

The plant was given until 2019 to come into compliance with federal EPA rules, or be shut down by the agency. The Company is converting two of its coal-fired boilers to natural gas and is retrofitting three additional boilers with new technology. The state of North Carolina contributed $12 million toward the project, with funds coming from a Job Maintenance and Capital Development Fund grant.

USW Local 2-505-02 – ST Tissue – Franklin, VA – Converted Machine Started at Mill

ST Tissue announced that it would start up a newly converted uncoated freesheet paper machine in mid-December of last year to make tissue paper. It is the second converted machine at the mill in Franklin; the first one started in 2012. The 45,000 tons/year PM machine will make a wide range of grades from virgin to bleached to kraft.

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