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United Steel Worker locals accept new contract with Graphic Packaging, avoiding strike

by Gazette Staff | March 14, 2023 at 2:50 p.m.
Graphic Packaging International (File photo)

DOMINO, Texas -- Local United Steel Worker unions have accepted a new contract with Graphic Packaging International after previously giving the company a 10-day notice to strike.

Votes from USW 1148 and 1149 chose recently to accept the new contract, said a union representative who asked not to be identified.

"We accepted the offer they came back with," he said.

The previous contract expired in April 2022. In September 2022, the unions held informational pickets outside the plant.

The unions were negotiating over pensions, health insurance and the two-tier pay system that a representative described as "quality of life issues."

The two-tier system is a type of payroll system in which one group of workers receives lower wages than another.

Details of the new contract were not available Tuesday.

There are more than 400 members of the local unions working with Graphic Packaging.

A spokesperson for Graphic Packaging could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Print Headline: Strike averted: Unions OK Graphic Packaging contract


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