HOQUIAM, Wash. - Former Grays Harbor Paper employees have 3 hours per day until Thursday to clean out their lockers at the mill. Rick Piercey, president of the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers local 913 said that employees have between 10am and 1pm today through Thursday to get any personal belongings left at the mill, an informational meeting for employees is being held by the AWPPW 10 o'clock Tuesday morning at the Aberdeen Elks building.
Health coverage for those employees will end this evening. Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney, also of Durney Insurance said employees must have an application in by 5PM today to have no gap in coverage. Monica Ewing with Durney Insurance said that coverage will also cover less, and cost more
"The lowest deductible on an individual plan is $1000 and most group insurances have lower deductables than that." Ewing warns that time frames and loopholes can trip up former employees that may loose elegibility simply by missing a deadline.