IndustriALL Global Union supports Local 818’s Unfair Labor Practice Strike against Tecnocap in Glen Dale, WV.

Brothers & Sisters,

Below you will find a Press Release from IndustriALL Global Union supporting Local 818’s Unfair Labor Practice Strike against Tecnocap in Glen Dale, WV.

IndustriALL Global Union represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy, and manufacturing sectors and is a force in global solidarity taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world.

Machinists strike continues in West Virginia, USA

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IAM Members at Tecnocap in West Virginia have been striking since April 9th, 2018.

May 9th, 2018 A strike by workers at Tecnocap SpA in Glen Dale, West Virginia, is entering its second month, as the company refuses to bargain with IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).

Thirty skilled trade members of IAM Local 818 embarked on the strike on 9 April at the global metal lid and cap company, after Tecnocap made unilateral changes to the terms and conditions of employment. By law, the company should have negotiated with IAM as the collective bargaining representative.

“Tecnocap, which is based in Italy, recently locked out the other union (GMP) at the plant and now unlawfully negotiated in a manner with the IAM that left its members with no other recourse but to unanimously vote to strike and file unfair labor practices against this employer,” says T. Dean Wright Jr from IAM.

Tecnocap’s illegal proposal would subject the loss of one third of IAM’s bargaining unit members in the IAM, and healthcare premiums would increase to fifty per cent of the total cost of an employee’s plan option.

The company has begun using replacement workers from their other locations in Italy and Spain, who are now working in the West Virginia location on work visas.

“IAM Negotiators remain ready and willing to meet with Tecnocap officials at any time they are ready to enter into lawful bargaining,” adds an IAM spokesperson.

In a letter to IAM president, Robert Martinez, IndustriALL general secretary, Valter Sanches, expressed solidarity for the striking workers at Tecnocap:

“IndustriALL Global Union demands that Tecnocap sit down at the table and bargain with the IAM in good faith to reach a fair and equitable agreement.

We stand shoulder to shoulder with the sisters and brothers of Machinists Local 818 at Tecnocap in Glen Dale in their struggle to negotiate a fair contract.”

Press Release courtesy of www.industriall-union.org/machinists-strike-continues-in-west-virginia-usa

For continued updates please check District Lodge 54’s Twitter @DistrictLodge54 or visit www.iamdistrict54.com

In Solidarity,

District Lodge 54

 

West Virginia Members, Supporters Rally for Contract

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Eastern Territory, April 19th, 2018 –

04_19_2018_2-lOCAL-818More than 100 supporters of IAM Local 818 attended a rally yesterday in Glen Dale, WV to show solidarity to the members on strike at Tecnocap. Members and their families showed up in force along with retirees, other unions and government officials.

Watch District 54 President T. Dean Wright Jr give a strike update on Activate L!VE

“Our members appreciate all the support everyone has shown,” said Wright. “Community members not only stop and drop off supplies but also get out and walk the picket line to show solidarity.”

“These highly skilled workers have spent years working in apprenticeships to obtain the skills used to make this company not only successful but allowed them to produce three consecutive record years,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro Sr. “These members deserve to be treated better than the way Tecnocap has treated them.”

“This is a union busting employer at their best,” said Wright. “They showed up at the bargaining table with one proposal only and said take it or leave it. Our members were left with no other recourse and voted unanimously to hit the picket line.”

Watch District 54 President T. Dean Wright give a strike update on Activate L!VE

Article courtesy of www.goiam.org/news/west-virginia-members-supporters-rally-for-contract/