Table III-7 Coated free sheet paper: Employment-related indicators, 2003-05, January-September 2005, and January-September 2006
Calendar year 2004
January-September 2005 2006
Production and related workers (PRWs)
Hours worked by PRWs (1,000 hours)
Wages paid to PRWs (1,000 dollars) Hourly wages
Productivity (short tons produced per 1,000 hours)
Unit labor costs (per short ton)
Note.–Does not include employment data for *** or for ***. Data for *** and *** are based, in part, on Commission staff estimates.
Source: Compiled from data submitted in response to Commission questionnaires.
NewPage notes that plant closures have resulted in the layoffs of over 1,000 workers and that many of them have met the certification requirements for Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits.28 Workers were certified at 16 CFS paper mills since January 1, 2003.29 The United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial, and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO-CLC (or USW) filed a letter, dated October 27, 2006, in support of the petition. The USW represents the following mills: Appleton (Combined Locks, WI); NewPage (Escanaba, MI; Luke, MD; Rumford, ME; and Wickliffe, KY), SAPPI (Cloquet, MN; Hinckley, ME; Muskegon, MI; and Westbrook, ME); Stora Enso (Kimberly, WI, and Wisconsin Rapids, WI); and Verso (Jay, ME). The Acting Legislative Director for the USW testified at the Commission’s conference that 95 percent of the CFS capacity in the United States is in unionized mills and that the USW represents over 90 percent of the workers.30
Petitioner’s postconference brief, p. 3.
29 Petitioner’s postconference brief, exh. 2. One of the mills listed in the exhibit (Wausau Paper Corp.) is not believed to produce paper that meets the definition of the subject merchandise.
Conference transcript, pp. 33-34 (Hart).