ILION, N.Y. – The union that represents former Remington Arms workers is asking for a face-to-face meeting with the new owners to finish negotiations.
On Monday, Richmond Italia, managing partner of RemArms, told NEWSChannel 2 no agreements have been signed but he believes they’re “very close.”
However, president of the United Mine Workers of America, Cecil E. Roberts, says they aren't close to reaching an agreement, and wants to meet directly with Italia.
“While I appreciate Mr. Italia’s comments to the media on Monday that recognized the UMWA as the collective bargaining agent for the workers at the Ilion plant, I was mystified by his statement that we are ‘almost there’ with respect to an agreement,” Roberts said. “We are not almost there. Let’s get down to the real business of reaching an agreement that is fair and reasonable for everyone.”
According to Italia, the company had received offers to move the plant to other states, but they chose to stay in Ilion where they had an experienced workforce.
Roberts says those dedicated employees want to get back to work, but need the security of a union contract.
“I am willing to meet Mr. Italia at any time, remotely or face-to-face. I am prepared to work day and night to get this done,” said Roberts. “The workers at that plant and the communities that depend on it deserve nothing less.”