Former Republic Workers File Charges Today

January 6th, 2009 by DWM Magazine

Members of the United Electrical (UE) Workers Local 1110, representing the former workers from Republic Windows and Doors, filed charges today 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.”

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Click here for the UE’s latest statment regarding this issue.

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