ILION, N.Y. – The union that represents former Remington workers and the new facility owners have signed a letter of agreement – making a significant step toward bringing more employees back to work at the Ilion plant.
The new owner, RemArms, and the United Mine Workers of America union have been negotiating terms since the company acquired the plant in the fall of 2020.
According to UMWA, the agreement recognizes the agency as the union representing hourly employees when they return to work, establishes a process for calling more former Remington workers back to the plant and requires negotiations on a collective bargaining agreement to begin within 60 days, which will be in effect when ratified.
“This letter of agreement was a long time in the making,” said UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts. “It is the first step toward reestablishing a normal relationship between the union and the operators of that plant, one that will allow the professional craftspeople who have built firearms in Ilion to return to doing what they do better than anyone.
In September, more than 600 employees were furloughed from the plant.
RemArms plans to bring at least 200 of the former employees back to work at the facility once it is fully reopened. Richmond Italia, principal at RemArms, says 45 hourly workers will return next week. There are currently 20 workers performing maintenance at the Ilion location already.
The company is in the process of moving equipment from its Alabama location to Ilion, so they can get back to production. Italia says they could be back to manufacturing guns in two weeks.