OLD TOWN – The local Georgia-Pacific Corp. papermakers union, PACE Local 80, voted Sunday to accept a five-year contract negotiated 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 Wednesday on the purchase of the facility.
The agreement was accepted in a secret ballot by “a very large margin,” Union Vice President Dan Bird said Sunday.
Bird did not release the tallies, but said that several hundred members participated in the vote held at the Elks Club in Old Town. He also declined to discuss specific details of the agreement.
“There were modifications in wage rates,” Bird said, “and members will be paying more for health insurance. But that’s a plight that we all have these days.
“‘It could have been worse’ was a comment I heard from some,” he continued, “but we have something to go back with that people thought was fair and we’ll rebuild from there.”
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 operation.
The other companies that have signed on to bring their business to the facility are: Lamtec Inc. a maker of pressure-sensitive labels; and Hallowell International LLC, a low-temperature heat pump manufacturer.