USW Nuke Energy Workers Take Dispute to Honeywell Corp.

Locked out Local 7-669 leaders demonstrate at company’s Washington offices

Contact:  John Paul Smith, 618.638.7894, >jsmith@usw7-669.com

Washington, D.C. (Sept. 25) -- Leaders of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 7-669 were on the streets of the nation’s capital to give voice to their issues in the lockout of 150 union workers at Honeywell Corp. by demonstrating at the company’s offices and lobbying firms of Akin Gump, OB C Group, McBee Strategic, and Duberstein Group.

honeywell7The actions came as a lockout at the Metropolis, IL uranium conversion facility nears the end of the second month at Honeywell.  Local 7-669 says the company has ramped up political spending over the last several years of nearly 6 million dollars in the current election cycle, combined with a major lobbying presence in the nation’s capital to promote the company’s interest in government contracts.

The USW workers from Metropolis delivered letters to the lobby firms that Honeywell uses, while demonstrating outside of Honeywell’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Honeywell is a company that made $4 billion in profits last year, wants to eliminate union jobs by operating large portions of the nuclear facility with outside contractors.  USW members at the facility are concerned that turning key pieces of work over to contractors could cause confusion and increase the likelihood of a serious accident at the facility. 

The Steelworkers were joined in Washington by other unions and the D.C. Metro AFL-CIO. 

Negotiations between Honeywell and USW Local 7-669 are set to resume October 2-3.

For updates on the USW lockout at Honeywell: www.usw7-669.com/.

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