Press Releases

  • Joint Statement on "Positive" Negotiations
    The following joint statement was issued September 14 by union and L-P negotiators. It was signed by Richard LaCosse, PACE International Representative, and Bruce Mallory, Louisiana-Pacific Corp. Lumber Business Director, and posted at the plant:

    "PACE International Union and Louisiana-Pacific Corp. met on Thursday, September 14 for five hours in Escanaba.
    "We're sure that many people are wondering how the negotiations went. We are pleased to jointly state that it was a very productive day. A total of 27 items were presented and discussed. The atmosphere was very positive.
    "We've scheduled our next meeting for Thursday, October 12 and we look forward to another successful meeting."

  • Member Sign-ups Going Well
    PACE Temporary Organizer Kurt Marjonen, assisted by Mike Hansen, is visiting sawmill workers at home to enlist their support by signing union membership cards. Kurt is very pleased to report the sign-up rate of those visited has been 90 percent.
    Now that the sense of conflict is diminished, we have the freedom to build our union from the ground up. Your membership is your voice in a PACE-organized workplace!

  • PACE Union Prepares for L-P Talks
    The union announced in late June it is preparing for negotiations with Louisiana- Pacific, and credited the "staying power" of workers at the K.I. Sawyer facility. "This is good news," said Representative Richard LaCosse. "We are working with our members to prepare an agenda, and look forward to good-faith bargaining." L-P purchased the former Sawyer Lumber sawmill June 16, and immediately informed PACE President Boyd Young it would abide by a recent decision of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the union's win in a March 1998 election. Full details in Press Releases .

  • "Payback Time" Message in Local Community
    As rumors of a tidy profit for Dave Holli and Ed Nagel upon sale of the high-tech mill to Louisiana-Pacific Corp. spread, an outcry for "payback" was heard locally. Public subsidies, the most important centering on conveyance of former Air Force Base land for the sawmill's use, were instrumental in starting the sawmill. Now, after just over three years in operation, Holli and Nagel are turning over these assets to an Oregon-based corporation.

    It certainly is time for elected officials, who bent over backwards to make "the deal" happen, to demand accountability for the taxpayer-funded job subsidies. The entire K.I. Sawyer development effort needs guidelines that only employers strictly upholding the law and providing good jobs need apply. PACE and its allies pounded this message home with letters to the editor, television news and appearances before the Marquette County Commission.

    A snapshot of public subsidies at the sawmill

    Summary of commitments" letter from state to Dave Holli

  • Workers' Comp Booklets
    The recent distribution of Michigan AFL-CIO booklets on the workers comp system was a great success. There are a great number of potential hazards in any sawmill, so it's helpful to know how the system for injured workers operates.

    Many businesses are tempted to cut corners on safety because of money pressures. But down the road this can be very costly, too. With a union contract, and the more cooperative relationship that often comes with it, we as workers could have a lot of input on safety issues.

    We are glad there is a strong labor movement in Michigan to fight for legislation and regulations that protect workers statewide. And we look forward to doing our part to keep the movement strong by being an affiliated local union of PACE.

  • Remember
    Unions are the way regular people gain fairness on the job and make sure the wealth they create is shared around. And that's something that benefits the whole community.

    For further information, e-mail PACE Representative Dick LaCosse at .