The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

October 8, 2013

Severance plan outlined for International Paper employees


Associated Press

FLORENCE — United Steel Workers officials have detailed the severance package their members will be given in the International Paper Courtland Mill closure.

Union officials told the Florence TimesDaily that their more than 800 members at the plant will be given a $2,000 check up front and 1 ½ week's pay for every year they've been employed with the plant.

President of Local 1161, Bill Sneed, says members were receptive to the negotiated package, although many are still shocked the plant is closing.

In September, the company announced that the plant would close by the end of the first quarter of 2014. The facility employs more than 1,100 people.

Union representative, Mark Cochran, says the first wave of International Paper employees will be laid off the week of Dec. 2.