Monday Morning Minute: July 24, 2017


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

Safety Arbitration – Greif – Van Wert, OH

The employer discharged the grievant with thirty-two (32) years seniority for violating safety rules. The grievant, operating a “band roller machine”, attempted to service the cooling line without first performing the proper lock-out/tag-out procedure. While the machine was in operation, the grievant removed the bolts connecting the safety guard and reached into the zone of danger in an effort to service the coolant line. During this process, the grievants’ safety glove became caught between the rollers, causing his hand to be pulled between two rollers. As a result, the grievant suffered a laceration and fracture of the little finger on his right hand, requiring a skin graft. The grievant was off work for approximately a month. The Company argued that the safety rules policy expressly states that failing to adhere to the lock-out/tag-out procedure results in discipline up to and including discharge on the first offense. The union contended that the unblemished record of the grievant did not warrant a penalty of this severity. The Arbitrator determined that the grievant’s seniority equity and past discipline record deserved consideration when evaluating the penalty of termination. However, discipline in this circumstance was warranted. Award: split - discharge reduced to sixty (60) day suspension.


Management of Change Procedures – Center for Chemical Process Safety Beacon

A seemingly small change, without an adequate Management of Change (MOC) review, can lead to a serious event. Here are some things that you can do:

For more information and examples of MOC incidents, click here.

Reminder – USW Paper Sector: Full-Time Safety Representative/Advocate Course

Remember to register for the full-time health and safety representatives/advocates course through the USW Health, Safety and Environment Department and Tony Mazzocchi Center being offered September 11th – 15th.

Space is limited to 40 participants and is being offered on a first-come first-serve basis. You will be notified shortly after the registration deadline of August 15th whether you have been accepted to the program.

Click HERE to view the call-letter, registration form and agenda and contact Laura Donovan (; 412-562-2504) with any questions.


Industry Update

PaperWorks Names Andy Bolton as President and CEO

PaperWorks Industries, Inc. has announced the appointment of C. Anderson “Andy” Bolton to the post of President and CEO effective July 17, 2017. Mr. Bolton most recently served as President of Crown Holdings, Inc.’s, Aerosol North America Division since 2011, as well as President of Crown Closures & Specialty Packaging North America since 2013.

Prior to joining Crown, he was Vice President/General Manager for Amcor, a rigid plastic packaging supplier, leading a Business Unit focused on the beverage segment. Mr. Bolton also held progressively responsible positions in Sales & Marketing, Corporate Strategy and Business Unit leadership with the Bemis Corporation (formerly Alcan, formerly Pechiney), a global leader in flexible packaging.

Maine Legislation to Help Redevelop Closed Factories and Pulp and Paper Mills Signed into Law

Maine Representatives passed a bill that would create a new program for providing technical assistance and grants for closed manufacturing facilities, including pulp and paper mills. The bill passed last month and operates under the Maine Rural Redevelopment Authority.

As we have reported in the past via the Monday Morning Minutes, there have been 6 USW-represented paper mill closures in the past 7 years. Due to the pulp, paper and paperboard mill closures, 2,554 jobs have been lost in the state of Maine.

According to local newspaper, The Republican Journal, Representative Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, said during a committee hearing that the bill was inspired by Belfast’s turnaround after closure of its chicken processing plants and shoe factories brought down the local economy. Herbig met with her hometown’s city manager and economic development director and learned that the city’s transformation was achieved through the collaboration of experts and community members “to leverage what we had and modernize what makes us proud to live in Belfast in the first place,” she said.

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