UMWA responds to Remington Arms refusal to pay severance to terminated employees

The union who represents the Ilion Remington Arms employees says 585 employees were notified by the company on October 23, they were being terminated effective Oct. 26.

Posted: Oct 25, 2020 5:47 PM
Updated: Oct 26, 2020 9:36 AM

ILION, N.Y. - The United Mine Workers of America, the union that represents the Ilion Remington Arms employees, says 585 employees were notified by the company on Oct. 23, they were being terminated effective Oct. 26.

According to a release sent by the United Mine Workers of America, the company is also cutting off contractual benefits like healthcare, severance pay and accrued vacation on Oct. 31. The union says the company is obligated to pay severance and vacation under the collective bargaining agreement.

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UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement on Sunday, Oct. 25:

“This outrageous action by Remington Outdoor company is a slap in the face to the employees who built that company into the best firearms manufacturer in the world. UMWA Local Union 717 has already filed a series of grievances under our collective bargaining agreement, and the UMWA International Union is exploring further legal action.

“Our members at Local Union 717, their families and their communities have been on an emotional roller-coaster the last several months. First the company filed for bankruptcy and it looked like the Ilion plant would close for good. Then the union was successful in encouraging a potential buyer to keep jobs in Ilion, and that buyer was able to purchase the plant in the bankruptcy process.

“We are now working with the new company to get the plant reopened and start putting our members back to work. But the old, failed Remington had one more kick in the pants for our members.

“If they think they can get away with this without a fight from the UMWA they had better think again. Our members in Local Union 717 earned those benefits. We are going to do everything we can to ensure that they get them, and then continue working to get the plant reopened under new ownership as soon as possible.”

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