Federal Bronze Locks Out Dozens of Hourly Workers in Newark

Contact: Matt McCarty, 610-565-5051

Newark, N.J. – The United Steelworkers (USW) said that 31 members of Local 40M were locked out of their jobs today by management at Federal Bronze Casting Industries, Inc., after voting to reject the company’s latest contract proposal.

USW District 4 Director John Shinn called on the company to abandon its strategy to bully union workers into accepting management’s unfair demands and negotiate in good faith for a fair contract.

“Federal Bronze must be made accountable for its decision to hold our jobs, families and community hostage over issues that should be resolved through collective bargaining,” Shinn said. “Management needs to end this lockout immediately, return these workers to their jobs and resolve our differences at the table.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

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