Monday Morning Minute: November 13, 2017


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

Follow Up to New Hire Union Membership Article

We received some inquiries on the Right to Union Membership article included in last week’s Monday Morning Minutes. To clarify, dues deductions are not contractual. You do not need to specifically have language that specifically addresses dues or new hires to have the right to deduct dues for new hires. Federal law under the NLRA allows unions and employers to enter into "union-security" agreements which require all employees in a bargaining unit to become union members and begin paying union dues and fees within 30 days of being hired.

PCA Renewal Bargaining Summit

On November 2nd, USW Local Leaders and Staff with local agreements expiring in the first half of 2018 convened to discuss with PCA Company Representatives the recently negotiated Master Agreement provisions and the renewal bargaining process. The 9 locations represented were Local 895-05 in Arlington, TX; LU 12585 in Filer City, MI; LU 402 in Grandville, MI; LU 9-212 in Jackson, TN; LU 955 in Liverpool, NY; LU 1259-03 in Minneapolis, MN; LU 8-699 in Richmond, VA; LU 1730 in Salisbury, NC; and LU 7-555 in Vincennes, IN. Photos from the Summit are just below.



Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment; One Death Reported

The recall involves 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label. For units produced in 2007 and beyond, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit date code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom.  Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format. Date codes for recalled models manufactured from January 2, 2012 through August 15, 2017 are 00212 through 22717.  For units produced before 2007, a date code is not printed on the fire extinguisher.

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles

Hazard: The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

Remedy: Replace

Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire emergency.

Consumer Contact: 

Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or online at and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

Pictures available HERE.

Industry Update

Neenah Paper Changes Name

Neenah Paper, Inc. announced that, effective on January 1, 2018, the company will change its name to Neenah, Inc. The Company's ticker symbol on the New York Stock Exchange will remain "NP" and names of subsidiaries will not be affected. "As we've continued to successfully execute our strategy to increase our presence in growing and profitable specialty niche markets, the last name of "paper" does not sufficiently reflect the diversity of our current and future company," said John O'Donnell, Chief Executive Officer. "The Neenah name, however, will continue to represent a product portfolio known for high performance and premium quality, as well as a company appreciated for its disciplined capital allocation and commitment to providing attractive returns to investors."     

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