Union votes down master, local contracts

By DeeAnna Haney | Aug 01, 2014

Union members of the United Steelworkers have voted against local and master labor contracts with Evergreen Packaging.

Members voted on two ballots Thursday, July 31 — one for the master vote on an agreement encompassing the local Evergreen plants in Canton and Waynesville and other converter plants located in Ohio and Georgia. The second ballot was for a local agreement.

According to results listed on the website, there were 398 votes against and 201 in favor of the local agreement. For the master vote, there were 378 against and 227 in favor with a total of 605 votes.

Brandon Ferguson, president of USW Local 507, said negotiations have been ongoing since late April. Though the expiration was in mid-May, the union continues to work under the old agreement until a new one is met.

"We are actively trying to set up times to meet with the company," Ferguson said.

He declined to discuss any of the specific terms of the agreement.

Dane Griswold, general manager of operations for Evergreen's Canton and Waynesville locations, said, "The Company and Union have met over the last few months to negotiate the agreement.

The parties reached mutual agreement that was fully recommended by the entire union committee. The company is disappointed the membership did not accept the proposal. The employees continue to work under the terms of the existing agreement."