Paperworkers “Get In the Van” to Visit Kapstone Customers
Van visits rallies Monday at 3 pm (Longview), Wednesday at 11 am (Portland), Thursday at 1 pm (Seattle).
This week workers from the Kapstone paper mill in Longview are organizing a Justice Caravan in an effort to save their healthcare and other benefits, ask the company to stop disregarding environmental laws that protect local rivers, and demand the company stop disregarding labor laws.
The caravan will visit Kapstone customers in Vancouver, Portland, and Seattle, stop at rallies in Longview Monday August 3 at 3 pm, at Pioneer Plaza on Wednesday August 5 at 11 am, and in at the Environmental Protection Agency regional office Seattle Thursday August 6 at 11 am.
“Kapstone’s efforts to cut to our healthcare coverage impacts the entire community”, said Kurt Gallow, President of Local 153 of the Association of Pulp and Paper Workers Union, which represents around 800 workers at the plant. “If they get away with weakening our healthcare other workers will soon face the same cuts.”
AWPPW Representative John Minor spokesperson for Local 153 negotiations said “Kapstone came to the bargaining table with a callous disregard for fairness. They demand concessions, committed numerous ULPs (unfair labor practice) violations, and they attack seniority.”
A strike appears imminent at the plant, which means that Kapstone risk losing millions of dollars, its hard working dedicated highly skilled workforce, and its community support. “It doesn’t look good regarding the prospect of reaching a fair agreement” states Greg Pallesen AWPPW Vice President. “While the workforce has made considerable movement Kapstone is not showing any willingness to uphold previous promises and bargain a fair and equitable labor agreement. At this point in time a strike seems all but certain.”
Longview: Expo Center, 1900 7th Ave, Longview, WA
Portland: Pioneer Square, 701 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR
Seattle: EPA Office, 1200 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
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