Steelworkers Ratify Four-Year Master Agreement at Packaging Corporation of America Box Plants

  Steelworkers Ratify Four-Year Master Agreement at Packaging Corporation of
                              America Box Plants

PR Newswire

PITTSBURGH, June 20, 2013

PITTSBURGH, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  The United Steelworkers
(USW) today said that its members have ratified a four-year master global
economic and security agreement by an overwhelming margin with Packaging
Corporation of America (PCA) that covers over 1,900 workers at 25 box plants
across the country.


The global agreement sets key economic and security terms and stipulates that
during local bargaining, no changes can be made to existing local agreements
except as mutually agreed by the local union and the company, while fixing the
term of those local contracts at four years.

"This second global agreement further solidifies coordinated bargaining in the
industry and with PCA," said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. "It
provides economic and job security for our members and a platform for a
positive relationship between the USW and companies like PCA that are
committed to manufacturing in North America."

On expiration of each local union contract, wages will increase 2.5 percent
the first and second years, 2 percent the third year and 2.5 percent the final
year. The agreement also improves retirement security, vacation provisions,
the dental plan and adds a vision program. The current health care plan and
premium contributions are locked in for the life of the current and next local
union agreements.

"One of the key achievements of this global agreement was locking in our high
quality health care plan and maintaining current percentages on premium
contributions to keep health care costs from escalating for the PCA box plant
workers," said Leeann Foster, Assistant to the International President and PCA
bargaining chair. "Unfortunately, health care insecurity is too often the norm
in today's workplaces, but the USW PCA box plant workers will know stability
on this important issue through at least 2017 and at some locations until

All local union contracts will continue their contract protection clause in
case a facility is sold. There is also improved organizing language that
showcases the relationship between the USW and PCA at both an international
and local level.

"With continuing consolidation in the industry, contract protection provisions
are especially important, and USW PCA workers will continue to know that their
jobs won't be affected if a facility is sold. The organizing language will
assist us in improving our union density in the converter sector of this
industry," said USW International Vice President Jon Geenen, who oversees
bargaining in the paper sector.

Later this summer, the USW, local affiliates and PCA will enter negotiations
for a master global economic and security agreement that covers workers at the
company's four mill operations.

The USW is the largest manufacturing union in North America, representing more
than 850,000 members, including about 130,000 paper workers. PCA is a
manufacturer of containerboard and corrugated packaging.

More information, contact:
Leeann Foster, USW PCA Bargaining Chair – 412-225-5964 (c)
Jon Geenen, USW Intl. Vice President – 920-540-5921 (c)

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

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