The Machinists Union and its more than 20,000 members in the wood, pulp and paper sector now have a voice at the world’s largest forest certification organization.
Mike Rose, the IAM’s Woodworkers Chief of Staff to the International President, has been elected a 2017-2018 board member of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The PEFC establishes standards that seek to transform the way forests are managed globally—and locally—to ensure everyone enjoys the environmental, social and economic benefits forests offer.
“Our wood, pulp and papers members can be proud that they will have such a strong advocate for them on the international stage,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “The IAM will continue promoting sustainable forestry that keeps this industry, and the men and women who work in it, thriving for generations.”
Rose also serves on the World Council of the Building and Woodworkers International (BWI), a global union federation representing more than 12 million workers in the building, building materials, wood, forestry and allied sectors.
“We are pleased of the election of Mike Rose, who has a wealth of experience in the wood and forest industry and is very knowledgeable about certification standards,” said BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson. “His presence is vital to ensuring PEFC will continue to uphold workers’ rights and international labor standards.”
In addition to serving on BWI’s World Board, Rose also serves on the Oregon Board of Forestry and the Forest Products Industry National Labor Management Committee.
Rose initiated into IAM Woodworkers Local W-261 in the 1980s while working in the logging department of the International Paper Co., in Gardiner, OR. He served as a Shop Steward and Chief Steward for eight years until he was elected Business Representative for Local W-261.