Former Republic Workers File Charges Against Previous
Members of the United Electrical (UE) Workers Local 1110, representing
the former workers from Republic Windows and Doors, filed charges
yesterday against their former employer at the National Labor Relations
Board in Chicago. This is according to a press release issued by
the UE who say the company shut down operations without negotiating
the decision to do so as required by law, not bargaining in good
faith regarding the effects of the shutdown, and improperly setting
up a new operation. The union believes that their former employer,
Richard Gillman, improperly took equipment from Republic Windows
and Doors in order to set up a new company, Echo Windows, which
is now producing a similar product in Red Oak, Iowa.
The union asked the Labor Board to seek an injunction to force
the employer to follow the law and return the machinery to the factory.
"The company didn't fulfill its obligation to discuss their
plans with us before they shut down," said Armando Robles,
President of UE Local 1110. "We're filing these charges to
ensure that the owners live up to all of their legal obligations
and justice is done."
HERE for the UE's latest statement regarding this issue.
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