ILION, N.Y. – Former Remington workers rallied together in Ilion Monday to continue demanding pay and benefits they say were promised in their union contracts.
The United Mine Workers of America 717 represents the workers, saying Remington owes the employees severance and other benefits identified in their bargaining agreement.
On Sunday, the union met with the new facility owners, Roundhill Group, to discuss job offers made to 200 former workers, who have until 5 p.m. Monday to decide if they will accept the positions.
“There’s a 5 o’clock deadline tonight…for people to get them job offers in there. We as a union, the international decided to say, ‘get your offer sheet in there,’” said Jeff Madison, president of the local union. “We hate to see people lose their unemployment and stuff like that, if they didn’t accept the offer…what the international said is to get your offer sheet in there, and they would fight the legalities of it after the fact. So, that’s what we told everybody to do.”
The 200 people who were offered jobs must either accept the offers or sign off on any prior severance or vacation pay owed by Remington under the union contract.
It’s not yet clear how many former workers plan to take the jobs.