By Sahid Fawaz
President Donald Trump’s agency appointments continue to work against unions and their members.
“All is not well for union workers at Honeywell.
The company was set to face trial in May on charges that it violated federal labor law during a ten month lockout of union workers at plants in South Bend and Buffalo that ended in February of 2017.
The United Auto Workers estimates the potential liability to the company—if found at fault—was in the range of $20 million.
‘Families are important, incomes are important, and we have suffered. This is a critical blow to UAW Local 9 families,’ said UAW Local 9 President John Suher, Sr. ‘It’s sad that one person has to take down over 300 people in this plant. This is a union plant, UAW Local 9, and this has affected a lot of families from the lockout and this was the reason why we filed NLRB charges.’
Late Thursday afternoon it was announced that Honeywell’s potential liability had dropped to zero. New leadership at the National Labor Relations Board decided to drop the complaint the same agency had filed in July of 2017.
The trial that was scheduled to begin May 7th in Buffalo, New York has ben cancelled.
In a press release the UAW blamed NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb who was appointed by President Trump in November of 2017.
The release states that the ‘decision denies workers their day in court and highlights the dangerous role politics has taken at the NLRB.’
‘The way this world is divided today it’s just sad that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer,’ added Suher. ‘And it’s sad to say that America is being divided by corporate greed.'”
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