AWPPW Local 675 and WestRock will be returning to the bargaining table November 6 and 7 to resume negotiations after union members rejected the Company's initial offer for a new Labor Agreement by 94%. Major items cited by the Union as causes for the overwhelming rejection by the membership include proposed seniority changes, increased medical cost, elimination of premium pay provisions and maintenance redesign. AWPPW Local President Bob Booth says "While the WestRock Covington mill consistently produces huge profits every year, WestRock refuses to treat the workforce fairly. No matter how dedicated and hardworking we all are and no matter how much money we make for WestRock the company wants concessions." Click Read More below for additional information.
Pregis® announced today that it’s Grand Rapids, MI facility received the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS, a globally recognized system for the sustainability certification of recycled and bio-based materials in support of its Performance Flexibles solution offering. The ISCC PLUS certification includes the mass balance chain of custody option, providing traceability along the supply chain.
This third-party certification enables Pregis to produce solutions that are classified as circular, bio-circular, and/or bio-base. Becoming ISCC PLUS certified highlights our commitment to supporting customers in enabling a circular economy.
The company is able to engineer its Pregis Performance Flexibles Renew™ Series film solutions with these bio-certified materials, meeting the growing demand for flexible packaging options that align with customers’ sustainability and performance goals. Pregis applies responsible sourcing and advanced recycling to custom engineer films that are setting the sustainability standards withing the industry.
“This milestone is fundamental in our engineering of film solutions that meet the high sustainability requirements of ISCC PLUS throughout the value chain,” said David Timm, president, Pregis Performance Flexibles. “We’re able to continue to drive innovation in blown films and expand our specialty films capabilities within the food and medical packaging areas along with other high-performance applications.”
The ISCC PLUS certification reinforces the Pregis Purpose to ‘Protect, Preserve, Inspyre,’ and is the latest example of the company’s sustainability strategy and commitment to high-performing products while moving towards enabling a circular economy. The Grand Rapids site is the first U.S. based Pregis facility to receive the certification. The company’s Heerlen, the Netherlands location is also ISCC PLUS certified. Pregis will be seeking certification at additional locations in the future. The company focuses on innovations in material technologies that contribute to a circular economy through end-to-end supply chain excellence.