Posts Tagged ‘USW’

New Travel Channel series highlights products made in America

Every day we hear from corporate-backed pundits and politicians that the only way companies can compete is to ship jobs overseas and engage in bottom of the battle practices at home. Don’t believe the hype. The truth is that many of our most iconic brands are still made here in America, by employees who are treated with respect. From Corvettes to Louisville Sluggers, union-made products – products that support good-paying middle-class jobs – are all around us. Read more »


Flambeau River Papers writes a new chapter in history of U.S. paper industry

When the soaring price of natural gas drove Smart Papers Mill into bankruptcy in 2006, the people of Park Falls, Wisconsin were faced with the loss of 300 local jobs. In a city with less than 3,000 residents, that job loss would have done major, if not irreparable, damage to the community.

Luckily for Park Falls, entrepreneur Butch Johnson stepped in to make sure that mill’s former employees weren’t left out in the cold. Johnson rehired nearly all of the mill’s workers, saving hundreds of other local jobs in the process. And he didn’t just give the mill’s employees their jobs back—he honored their existing union contract, including pay, benefits, and seniority. For their part, those union employees brought their knowledge of the paper industry to the table, and Johnson considers his employees’ union, United Steelworkers Local 2-0445,  “an integral part of the success of the company.” Read more »