Local 790


Many process plants contain high speed rotating equipment – for example, compressors, centrifuges, and centrifugal extractors.

Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties on Coated and Uncoated Paper Imports – An Update on our Continuing Work on Trade in the Paper Sector –

Recent News

When management at Solvay’s Chicago Heights plant reinterpreted contract language regarding safety shoe reimbursement and unilaterally implemented its new policy, Local 7-765-01 filed a grievance, an unfair labor practice (ULP) charge and took the case to arbitration.

The local won.

The employer subcontracted maintenance work. 7 of 14 maintenance support utility workers
had retired and the employer had not filled the vacancies. When the employer
could not muster enough MSUs for a job, they brought in contractors. There is no
language in the CBA limiting the employer’s right to subcontract. Two prior
arbitration awards informed the employer that failing to fill vacancies did not
allow them to subcontract other positions.

Award: grievance sustained.

Resolute Forest Products announced that it will be selling its recycled bleached kraft pulp mill in Fairmont, WV to ND Paper for $55 million. ND Paper is a subsidiary of China-based Company, Nine Dragons Paper Holdings, LLC. The sale is expected to close in the next couple of months.

Attached is a USW Hazard Alert that involves a Rereeler Assistant with three years of service who was fatally injured when he was caught in-between the unguarded Primary Arm and the Reel Rail of a Paper Machine. This fatality occurred some time ago at a USW represented mill that has now been permanently idled. USW Hazard Alerts are sanitized to remove any identifiers, including dates, because we believe it’s important to focus on the context surrounding the events, the hazards involved, and the way work is organized.

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