Monday Morning Minute: Jan.15, 2017


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

USW Local 9-212 – Packaging Corporation of America – Jackson, TN

Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) Jackson is running a pilot program under the Master Agreement to address overtime, staffing and training issues.

Travis Bryson, on the left in the below photograph, is the President of Local 9-212 and Sharon Rivers, below right, is the Vice President. As an example of part of the problem, Travis has worked 5 days a week, 12 hours a day, and every Saturday for 8 hours since the second week of November operating his machine. Because no one is trained to operate on 3rd shift, the 1st and 2nd shift operators cover the 3rd shift with overtime. This problem is not isolated to their location, this company or this industry.

We are continuing this pilot at the Lancaster, OH and Grandville, MI facilities and will use what we learn to assist the other facilities to reduce both Saturday overtime and hours over 8 in a day.


Nominations for USW Jefferson Awards – Due February 18, 2018

For many Steelworkers, lending a helping hand is part of being a member of our union. Outside of work, our members are known for their quiet generosity in their neighborhoods. We aim to celebrate locals and members who donate their time, money or goodwill to assist others. It may be a food collection or a children’s party. Maybe it is assisting the elderly and shut-ins or feeding those in need. Whatever it is, we want to tell your story. This isn’t about bragging for recognition, but to show how we are a union that works in our communities.

United Steelworkers are dedicated to creating unity and strength for workers. Our members are leaders in their communities and strive to help others in need. These unsung heroes deserve recognition for their commitment to creating a better tomorrow through outstanding service. Nominate a USW member for a Jefferson Award for Public Service.

USW Jefferson Awards Nominationa Form



Coal Mine Fatality Involving Bulldozer that is Relevant to Paper Mill Woodyards

On July 25, 2017, a 28-year-old bulldozer operator with 7 year and 9 months of mining experience was fatally injured at a surface facility. While this was not a paper sector incident, many paper sites use bulldozers in their woodyard.

The victim was operating a bulldozer, pushing material off of a refuse bank before the accident occurred. He was found lying in the bulldozer’s push path at the top of an incline near the edge of the refuse bank. The bulldozer had run over the victim and continued over the edge of the incline, coming to rest at the bottom of the embankment.

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Industry Update

USW Local 12943 – Domtar – Kingsport, TN – Domtar Converts Christmas Trees into Electricity

Domtar’s Kingsport, TN mill has a unique way of generating electricity at its facility – by processing old Christmas Trees. The tree gets turned into mulch, sold to Domtar and eventually used to generate electricity, which is sold on the open market and used by communities all along the eastern seaboard. Kingsport’s Streets and Sanitation Division collects not only Christmas trees after the holidays, but yard waste all year long.

Domtar has two boilers: one that burns the byproducts of the pulp-making process and another that burns the hog fuel. Both boilers generate steam that is run through a turbine generator, producing 50 megawatts an hour.

To read more, go here.


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