Yesterday, the United Steelworkers (USW) filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board relating to Honeywell’s August lockout of employees working in Metropolis, Illinois. The charges further allege that Honeywell engaged in illegal direct dealing with employees, failed to adequately respond to union information requests, and threatened to replace the unionized workforce.
In a short statement, a Local 7 director explained why the union filed the charges:
“After gathering information and talking to our members, we found it necessary to file charges with the Board,” said USW District 7 Director Mike Millsap. “Whenever our members are wronged and companies attempt to take advantage of and bully them, we will take action to protect their rights.”
Not surprisingly, Honeywell issued a blanket denial. In asserting that the charges were baseless, Honeywell stated that it is committed to bargaining in good faith and will vigorously defend itself in any Board proceedings.