July 12, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Tonawanda, NY – Management at DuPont’s Tonawanda/Yerkes Plant has brought in at least 50 “Scab Workers” in anticipation of what United Steelworkers (USW) Local 6992 might do after it submits a counter-proposal to the Buffalo area manufacturer of Corian and Tedlar Products’ “best, last and final offer,” Union Officials tell WNYLaborToday.com.
Local 6992 President Gary Guralny says his USW Local is reviewing the Western New York company’s offer that it received late last week during a scheduled bargaining session, before it “schedules another meeting to counter what we received.”
However, it appears DuPont is gearing up in anticipation of what the USW Local might do if an agreement on a new contract is not reached, Guralny told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper, after the company brought in “more than fifty scab Workers” over the weekend.
“They’ve ‘sectioned off’ part of the plant (to keep their USW-represented Workers) ‘away while they train them.’ (DuPont) used Strom Engineering and Staffing Solutions, which brings in such Workers in other plants. ‘They are nothing more than replacement’ Workers,’” Guralny said Monday (July 10th). “We can’t stop them, but (the agreed-to extension) of our contract and they seem they are preparing for some possibilities.”
Those “possibilities” could involve either a lock-out of the Union-represented Workforce by management or a Strike called by the Union, but Guralny wasn’t saying which of those might happen – although he did tell WNYLaborToday.com that International Representatives from the USW would be traveling to Western New York in the coming days.
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