Monday Morning Minute: May 22, 2017


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

PCA Mill Master Ratified

The PCA Mills ratified a new Master Agreement affecting approximately 2,100 local union members. The 7 mills across the system began with the goals of negotiating an agreement that enhances the economic security of their members, to further unify the legacy PCA and legacy Boise sites, and to continue an industry leading agreement that raises the bard for all workers and their communities.

The locals were successful in preserving best-in-industry medical insurance that is locked in until at least 2024 and, in some cases 2026, in an era of healthcare uncertainty. The agreement also offers the highest annual wage increases in the industry and the best retirement plan in the entire paper sector.  The deal also includes important safety gains and improved organizing language to insure any unorganized purchased sites do not threaten established economic security at the organized location.

Congratulations to the members of the PCA Council Mills for reaching a deal that secures their economics and provides stability into the future.


North Carolina Department of Labor Offering Free Webinars on Heat Stress

With summer fast approaching, the North Carolina Department of Labor is offering a series of free 90-minute webinars on the hazards of heat stress in construction and general industry. Topics to be discussed include key definitions, causal factors, heat disorders, health effects, prevention, control, engineering controls, personal protective equipment, administrative controls, acclimatization, re-acclimating, work monitoring and training.

At the end of the course, students should have a basic understanding of methods to prevent or minimize exposure to excessive heat in order to prevent heat stress. In addition, students will be able to recognize symptoms of heat stress along with tips on how to treat heat stress victims.

The Heat Stress webinar will be held on May 22nd, May 24th, June 2nd, June 5th, June 7th, June 9th, June 15th, and June 22nd. Register HERE.

Industry Update

Georgia-Pacific to Make Over $400 Million in Investments to Tissue and Towel Business

The Company announced that it would make significant investments to support further growth for key customers’ private label brand products. GP has approved funding for a paper machine using through-air-dried (TAD) technology, associated converting equipment and infrastructure work.

The location of the investment will be in the eastern United States, and is expected to be announced soon. Startup of the project is expected to occur in 2019. Approximately 80 jobs would be created to support operations.

Sappi Combining Packaging and Specialties Businesses and Makes Leadership Changes

According to the Company, the combination of its Packaging and Specialties Business positions Sappi for continued growth and innovation. Sappi is one of the leading suppliers in the world of release papers with lines for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries. Specialty Packaging products represent an important asset in the food packaging and labeling industries.

Deece Hannigan will now serve as the Vice President of the newly expanded Packaging and Specialties Business. In his new role, Deece will maintain his leadership of the Packaging, Supply Chain and Inside Sales groups, while assuming accountability for the Specialties Business, including Release Papers.

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