Labor Pool

Tacoma / Washington / United States

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 $20.40 / Hour - Labor Pool Production Operator Positions!!

WestRock Tacoma hires new production employees into labor pools, which are vital to the operations success.  The workers hired are regular, full-time employees.  We will be hiring new employees to tentatively start in March 2018. Testing for these positions is required and candidates will be notified of the date. 

Department Labor Pool workers provide vacation and training relief to our 240 production employees until their seniority permits them to successfully bid into other positions.  These employees do not have just one job, but have the opportunity to work in several areas of the mill within a department labor pool (Paper mill, Pulp mill and Power & Recovery) and learn a variety of jobs. These are entry level positions in a large industrial worksite.  The work is fast-paced, physically demanding and requires multi-tasking.

Someone in these positions must be able to work:  week days & nights, week-ends and holidays on 12-hour rotating shifts (two 12 hour shifts on Days then two 12 hour shifts on Nights & then 4 days off).  Shifts are currently 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM & 7:30 PM to 7:30 AM.  Hearing protection and personal protective equipment, provided by the company, is required as some jobs include exposure to noise, heat, dust, and fumes.

Successful applicants will typically have:

  • A high school diploma, GED or equivalent – required

  • Post high school technical coursework

  • Successfully pass the following tests:

  • Reading, math, and mechanical aptitude test – 2 hour written test

  • Structured panel interview

  • Drug screen

  • Physical capabilities test

  • Reference and background (felony, misdemeanor and traffic) check

  • Be clean shaven and able to use a half mask in the event of emergency (Required for only some positions)


    The following experience and skills are desired:

  • High school or college level math and chemistry

  • Minimum of 3 years industrial/manufacturing experience

  • Previous process manufacturing or lab experience

  • Previous heavy equipment operation experience

  • Previous shift work, including weekend and night shift

Pay rates as per the collective bargaining agreement are $20.40 per hour.

90 working day probationary period

Within 30 days, new hires must join the USW Local #237 or USW Local #586 and pay Union dues.  In addition, an excellent benefit package is available to the employee and his/her family.

Start date is tentatively scheduled for March 2018. 

If this sounds great to you and you think you fit in, please submit your application.  We want to hear from you!

WestRock Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce:  Minorities/Females/Disable/Veterans.


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