Mike Sullivan 1947-2024

Mike Sullivan was a tireless advocate for steel and paper mill workers and a dedicated proponent of universal health care.

Cascade Tissues closes its St. Helens paper mill

About 75 paper mill workers represented by AWPPW Local 1 will lose their jobs in October when the plant closes.

A forgotten strike

105 years ago, well before any law recognized union rights, a paper mill strike spread like a match to paper across Oregon and Washington.

Workers at NORPAC, a Longview paper mill, vote to stay nonunion

A union campaign by ILWU at the Longview paper mill launched in late November but fell short in ballots counted Feb. 22.

Corporate vandalism

The Newberg mill used to be where Oregon sent its recycled paper. Now it’s being scrapped. And its $28/hour union jobs won't be coming back.

Nancy Milner, 1951-2020

The Bakers union activist and former AWPPW member died after long bout with cancer.

When are elected officials going to get serious? Unions condemn the continued mask shortage

Remember the proverb about the kingdom that was lost for the want of a horseshoe nail? Today, America is in crisis over the want of a 60-cent mask.

So much for antitrust? Government approves merger of paper mill giants

More paper mill closures ahead? The nation’s second largest paper producer just gobbled up the fifth largest.

End of an era: West Linn paper mill to close, after 128 years

The former Crown-Zellerbach mill once employed 1,600 people.

AWPPW rejects Georgia-Pacific / Koch Industries concessionary contract proposal

Profitable Georgia-Pacific proposed a two-tier wage and benefit system, and a slew of other concessions.

Greg Pallesen elected president of AWPPW

An autonomous division of the Carpenters, AWPPW represents 4,500 pulp and paper mill workers.

Foreign trade ruled a factor in Newberg paper mill closure

About 200 workers lost jobs at WestRock, formerly SP Fiber.

At Longview paper mill, strike is over, but dispute continues

Union’s vice president says he wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a lockout by the end of the year.

Longview mill workers end strike without a contract

AWPPW Local 153 makes an unconditional offer to return to work at Kapstone paper mill and box plant after a nine-day strike

AWPPW begins strike at Kapstone mill in Longview

On day four, a striker is hit by a replacement worker driving through the picket line

Nearly 2,000 Oregon jobs lost to trade in 2012

Oregon Fair Trade Campaign's tally: 55,000 Oregon jobs lost since NAFTA