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    AWPPW Local 675 Members 94% Rejection of WestRock Labor Offer

    AWPPW Local 675 Members 94% Rejection of WestRock Labor Offer COVINGTON, Va., October 25, 2017 AWPPW Local 675 and WestRock will be returning to the bargaining table November 6 and 7 to resume negotiations after union members rejected the Company’s initial offer for a new Labor Agreement by 94%. Major items cited by the Union as causes for the overwhelming rejection by the membership include proposed seniority changes, increased medical cost, elimination of premium pay provisions and maintenance redesign. AWPPW Local President Bob Booth says “While the WestRock Covington mill consistently produces huge profits every year, WestRock refuses to treat the workforce fairly. No matter how dedicated and hardworking we all are and no matter how much money we make for WestRock the company wants concessions”. The Union and Company have been engaged in negotiations for the last 24 months and extended the existing agreement for one year in December 2015. The Covington mill produces bleached packaging papers for the tobacco and food industries. The AWPPW is affiliated with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters union. Don Draeger AWPPW Representative ph. 503-551-3915 ddraeger@awppw.org SOURCE AWPPW Related Links http://www.awppw.org

    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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