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New contract for Nippon Paper workers

August 2nd, 2013 - 6:31am

(Port Angeles) -- A possible strike at the Nippon Paper Industries USA plant, has been averted with the agreement on a new 6-year contract this week.

The agreement restores the $3-dollars per hour that was cut from workers wages in a contract Nippon imposed in March --one that prompted a 5-day strike--and freezes wages at pre-strike levels, according to Darrel Reetz, vice-president of local 155 of the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers.

Reetz said Nippon employees had not had a wage increase since they received a 75-cents and hour increase in 2010.

The pact is effective immediately, and runs through May 31st, 2019. Workers voted 62 to 46 for the contract during three union membership meetings held Wednesday at the Port Angeles Moose Lodge.


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