Plant Manager Apologizes, On Leave For Actions During Rally
Letter Attached Below
***UPDATE*** An e-mail from Steve Bowden, Senior Vice President of Pulp and Paperboard Division, says Mill Manager Donnie Ely is "on leave" following the incident. The e-mail also says they are reviewing the situation and they're committed to "furthering our strong relationship with our labor partners and working diligently toward a new ratified labor agreement." Bowden also wrote "We want to be clear: this incident does not represent Clearwater Paper's core values or its view of labor negotiations."
LEWISTON, ID – The Plant Manager who was seen holding a sign that read “Poor Baby’s” yesterday has sent a letter to Clearwater Paper employees. It happened during a union rally on Mill Road. Clearwater Paper is currently negotiating with the USW and IBEW unions on new contracts.
In the letter, Donnie Ely takes responsibility for what he did, saying “My behavior was inexcusable and a result of a poor decision by me that does not represent the company view of labor negotiations, our team, and the Company’s core values.” Later in the letter, he says “I understand my actions have damaged this process and for that, I am truly sorry.”
He goes on to say that he has the utmost respect for what the employees do. “I understand the future and success of Clearwater Paper is dependent on all of us working together. I hope that this unfortunate personal incident does not change that. Please accept my sincere apologies to you and all your families.
The full letter is attached below.