Contract ratified for Rumford mill

The union that represents workers at Rumford’s NewPage paper mill said its members have agreed to a new four-year contract with the company.

Ohio-based NewPage filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last September, and remains in bankruptcy. The company employs roughly 750 in Rumford, and also has mills in Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Wisconsin and Nova Scotia, Canada.

According to a release from the United Steelworkers, the union’s 4,500 members ratified a four-year master contract that will “help the company emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a stable employer in the coated paper sector of the paper industry.”

“The new master agreement covers employees at NewPage paper facilities in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan and Wisconsin,” the release said. “It sets corporate-wide economic terms for wages, pensions, health insurance and sickness and accident benefits, and gives workers additional security in the event any facilities are sold again in the future.”

The agreement will be effective upon court approval and NewPage’s emergence from bankruptcy, the release said.