April 08, 2020

Union, G-P buyer have deal

OLD TOWN – The local Georgia-Pacific Corp. paper makers union, PACE Local 80, has completed its labor agreement negotiations with Red Shield Environmental.

Red Shield, composed of a group of private investors who intend to develop and manage the former mill site, is slated to close Oct. 25 on the purchase of the facility.

“It’s a fair agreement,” union Vice President Dan Bird said Wednesday. “We gave great consideration to the financials of this small start-up company. Initially it will be a small start-up company. We had very forthright negotiations with their representatives.”

The negotiations were completed earlier this week, and a meeting and vote of union membership has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Old Town Elks Club.

“We’re going to review the tentative agreement with the membership [and] hold a vote immediately following review,” Bird said, adding that it will be an accept or reject vote.

There are four companies involved in the mill redevelopment, but the union jobs all will fall under Red Shield and the boiler operation.

Tamarack Energy, a renewable energy developer, is the company that actually will operate the mill’s biomass boiler.

The other companies that have signed on to bring their businesses to the facility are: Lamtec Inc., a maker of pressure-sensitive labels; and Hallowell International LLC, a low-temperature heat pump manufacturer.

Bird said Wednesday he isn’t able to discuss details of the agreement, but explained that it is going to be a change from what workers are used to.

“Ultimately, we’ll be letting the members decide if they also think it is fair,” Bird said. “We’re certainly encouraging all union members to attend.”

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