AWPPW Local 153

Longview Washington


“Workers Threaten Strike at Longview Paper Mill”

KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation imposed its own terms Aug. 10 on about 800 paper mill and box plant workers in Longview, Washington — one week after it declared an impasse following 15 months of bargaining. Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers (AWPPW) Local 153 president Kurt Gallow says the union is preparing for a strike. Read more…

“Rogue Ales puts chill on Teamsters Union campaign”

Workers at the Rogue Ales brewery have plenty of reasons to unionize, says Chris Muhs, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 324. For starters: Base pay for most of the 29 workers who produce and bottle beer at Rogue’s Newport, Oregon, craft brewery is Oregon’s $8.50-an-hour minimum wage. Bonuses of a dollar or more an hour are added, but are unpredictable and irregular, and workers don’t know how the bonuses are calculated. Minimum wage pay makes the company’s 401(k) match not very meaningful, and it makes it hard for workers to afford what even the company admits is “bad health insurance.” Read more…

“Paperworkers and Environmentalists Tell EPA: KapStone Paper Must Stop Polluting Our Water and Killing Endangered Fish”

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Union members from KapStone Paper along with their environmental allies rallied outside the Environmental Protection Agency regional office in Seattle today (Thursday August 6) at 1 pm to demand that the EPA take action to stop KapStone in Longview from polluting the nearby river and killing smelt, an endangered species. KapStone Paper, which in a recent press release about sustainability stated that they have a “commitment to social responsibility” that “extend(s) well beyond applicable laws and regulations,” is in fact a significant polluter of the river in Longview, in violation of the endangered species act, and is operating in ways that don’t meet federally mandated environmental standards…Read more….

“KapStone declares impasse; will implement contract unilaterally, union says”

KapStone officials Monday declared a bargaining impasse and told pulp and paper union officials they will implement most of the company’s latest contract offer by Friday, according to the union. A union leader called the move “a huge mistake” as word of the company’s move spread among union members who were staging rallies around the community Monday. KapStone declined to comment on the negotiations or reveal which parts of the latest contract it intends to put into force. Read more…

“Health Care Tax Faces United Opposition From Labor and Employers”

“At the paper mill in Longview, Wash., Kurt Gallow and his wife, Brenda, are worrying about his company’s proposed new health care plan, which would require workers to pay as much as $6,000 toward their families’ medical bills. Mrs. Gallow’s diabetic condition almost certainly will mean thousands of dollars more a year for her care alone, if the new plan is put in place, which may happen as early as next year…” Read more…

“KapStone to layoff at least 33 workers, union says”

KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. told its union this week that it will lay off 33 hourly employees in Longview as part of a companywide effort to cut costs.
The job reductions will be spread out among the store room, yard, paper mill and old corrugated cardboard departments, said Greg Pallesen, vice president of the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers.
The timing of the layoffs was not specified.
The company also said there would be layoffs of salaried employees, according to the union, but no specific information was available.
KapStone declined to comment. Read more…



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