Excelsior Packaging Group has agreed to pay $175,697 to settle National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) charges filed by United Steelworkers.
The company — a Vancouver factory that prints and cuts plastic films used in packaging — was sold to Mercury Plastics last October, at which point it fired local union president Rick Evans and refused to bargain over the effects of the sale. Under the settlement, Excelsior pays two weeks wages, accrued vacation pay, pension and 401(k) contributions, plus interest, to approximately 70 employees. The NLRB says that makes up for having refused to bargain over the effects of the sale.
The NLRB dismissed the charge over the union president’s firing, however. Evans is still out of work.
The new owner has been meeting to negotiate an agreement with the union.