Labor's Boardroom

Guerrilla Ray Rogers leads the union fight against International Paper

On a rainy morning, the United Paperworkers' union hall in Jay, Me., is thick with cigarette smoke, coffee cups and strikers. Some of the men and women are back from 6 a.m. picket duty at the nearby International Paper mill; others, despite the weather, will report for the afternoon. The union was locked out of one IP plant in Alabama 15 months ago and went on strike last June at three mills -- the one in Jay and two others in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin -- because of contract disputes. Despite the length of the strike, the members are hanging tough: only...

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