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    AWPPW rejects GP/Koch Industries contract offer

    PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers (AWPPW) Local 5 and Georgia Pacific (GP), wholly owned by Koch Industries, have been in contract negotiations for over 3 years, as the labor agreement expired May 31, 2014. AWPPW Local 5, located in Camas Washington, overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer that was voted on by the members, simultaneously giving strike authorization. It is likely that customers such as Wal-Mart, Costco, Staples and Kroger's would have supplies affected should a labor dispute arise at the GP facility. Establishing a "Two-Tier" society - The Company offer proposed that employees hired after ratification would come under a new wage rate scale that reduces wages an average of 20%. New hires would not be eligible for any General Wage Increases (GWI's). New employees would not be eligible for the defined benefit pension plan, they would have fewer holidays, and vacation pay would be reduced.

    Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) formally begins this August 16 - RSVP to the Portland Town Hall

    Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) formally begins this August 16. After seeing so many pro-NAFTA corporate lobbyists invited to testify at the NAFTA hearings held in Washington, DC, our friends at the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign decided to organize a Portland town hall with working people, immigrant rights advocates, environmentalists and others. Portland Town Hall on 23 Years of NAFTA Thursday, August 10 • 7:30pm AFSCME Council 75 6025 E Burnside St • Portland, OR Contact: Russell Lum, russell@oregonfairtrade.org Speakers include Greg Palleson from the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers, Victor Weekes from BCTGM Local 364, Kevin Oakley from Teamsters Local 305, and Julia DeGraw from Food & Water Watch. To attend, please RSVP here. In Solidarity, The Replace NAFTA Team

    An inside look at how Koch Industries does business

    An inside look at how Koch Industries does business By Christopher Leonard July 1 One of the automation investments at the Georgia Pacific cellulose mill are bar codes that track innovatory and allow forklift drivers in the 87,000-square-foot warehouse to load specific rolls into the correct shipping container. (Stephen B.

    Japan's Nippon Paper to buy US beverage container operation

    June 16, 2016 2:00 am JST Japan's Nippon Paper to buy US beverage container operation Nippon Paper Industries will buy Weyerhaeuser's paper container business. TOKYO -- Nippon Paper Industries has agreed to acquire the paper cup and carton business of U.S.-based timber company Weyerhaeuser in a deal valued at roughly 30 billion yen ($283 million).

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    "It is important for our country to debate immigration policies. But any meaningful discussion or policy must address the root causes of migration. This includes "free trade" policies that have devastated the rural economies of Latin America, leading to millions losing their livelihoods and the doubling of undocumented immigrants from Mexico since NAFTA. Any serious approach to the immigration issues requires that the U.S. change its broken trade policy. Trade policy should improve standards of living, not cause a jump in poverty and desperate migration. I urge you to oppose the proposed U.S.-Peru, U.S.-Panama and U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreements and any further expansion of the NAFTA model, with its well-documented record of economic damage and dislocation here and abroad."
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