“Thanks to the strength and solidarity of the members of a campaign of more than a year involving all the sites, we have only won a package without concessions, without concessions. In short, we have achieved security for our members,” foster said. Our members were united at the national level, and our local leaders came together around a negotiating table and spoke with one voice to reach a fair agreement. Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) union have adopted a new four-year master`s contract with WestRock that sets standards for wages, benefits and working conditions for more than 9,400 union workers in 62 establishments in 26 states. . WestRock is the second largest packaging company in the United States and one of the world`s largest paper and packaging companies, operating in more than 30 countries. Contact: R.J. Hufnagel, email@example.com, 412-562-2450. . “The ETC bargaining committee, made up of local union leaders from all venues and international leaders, has entered into these negotiations, knowing that we have faced a number of challenges,” said Leeann Foster, vice-president of USW International, which oversees negotiations in the union`s paper sector. “These challenges included the company`s proposals, but also the overcapacity of the board market, the fragile economic outlook, particularly in the manufacturing sector, and the consequent decline in box demand. Together, all of these factors have created uncertainty. The contract includes total annual wage increases of nearly 10 per cent over four years, preserves affordable health care, improves retirement benefits and improves health and safety rules.
. The contract, currently in progress until 2023, includes employees of WestRock paper mills, merchandising facilities and facilities in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. . UsW represents 850,000 workers in North America working in many sectors, including metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining, services and the public sector and higher education. “This contract sets industry standards – it positions the company to success and invests in our facilities and ensures that workers, families and communities continue to participate in this success,” Foster said.