Monday, August 27, 2012

Release from SierraPine LTD regarding Local 2927 strike

SierraPine employees in Martell, California, represented by Carpenters Local 2927, went on strike at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, August 23, 2012, without notice to the Employer. The parties have been engaged in collective bargaining for the past five months, including the use of an Oakland mediator. As a result of the Union’s specific request, SierraPine presented its Last, Best and Final Contract Offer to the Union on August 17, 2012. The Company’s offer represented a careful analysis of our competitive position, and contained changes needed to allow SierraPine to compete with out-of-state competitors that do not have the same high electric rates, high cost raw materials or the more onerous wage and hour regulatory environment that increases Martell’s cost structure. Even under the last offer, wages and benefits are among the best in the area.

We are very disappointed that the Union and our employees have chosen to take this action, but we respect their right to do so. SierraPine intends to operate during the strike to continue to serve our customers, and we have plans in place to allow us to do so. We remain hopeful that the strike will be short-lived given the negative impact a strike will have on our Company, our employees, customers and our community.

SierraPine employs more than 60 union and 17 non-union employees in Martell, California. The Company is a privately held composite panel manufacturer of medium density fiberboard (MDF) and particleboard, with operations in Georgia, Oregon and California.

For further information regarding this release, please contact Ric Alli at (503) 248-1134.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

They are dissapointed in the union employees for striking? Well the union employees are dissapointed in the company for pulling this BS on them! They are hard working guys who deserve the pay and health insurance they were getting! I'd love to see the bosses take a cut in there pay and insurance.!

Terry Goffinet said...

You can find out how to support the workers here: https://www.facebook.com/SupportAmadorWorkers

Amador Community News said...

Thanks for this, Terry! :)

Anonymous said...

found a site lead411.com and it said "salaries in SierraPine Limited are somewhere in the amount of $60099" if that is true give them a freaking pay cut and leave the poor hourly people alone....it just goes to show you that greed is their number one priority.

Anonymous said...

http://www.forbes.com/lists/2008/54/400list08_Archie-Aldis-Red-Emmerson_P38A.html

its really sad to say for a company whos owners net worth a bit over 2.5 billion is having money problem... don't you think???

Anonymous said...

He is also 1 of the top 100 land owners. He ranks number 3 in standing as of 2011

Anonymous said...

so really Mr. Emmerson who are you kidding...just because we are a small community doesn't mean we are ignorant... we see the facts and its your company that we are disappointed in..

Anonymous said...

oh and the forbes list for 2012 says a net worth of 2.6 billion....just to keep it up to date..

Katherine Evatt said...

One big issue they don't address here is their demand that the employees work mandatory OT on top of their 12-hour shifts. That's a workplace safety issue, and sounds more like what I'd expect from a factory in China, not a plant in the U.S.