Demonstration To Be Held By Locked Out Honeywell Nuclear Workers

Nov 16, 2010, 08:20 ET from United Steelworkers (USW)

20-week dispute arriving at corporate HQ in Morristown, NJ -- Nov. 18

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Locked out USW Local 7-669 members at the Honeywell International Inc. nuclear processing plant in Illinois will be holding a demonstration on Thurs., Nov. 18, 12:00 Noon (ET) at the front door of their employer's corporate headquarters after a 17-hour "Solidarity Ride" on two buses.



More than 100 union members will be carrying banners and informational picket signs after being locked out of their jobs by Honeywell since Jun. 28. They will be joined by other area union leaders who have asked for a meeting with Honeywell President and CEO David Cote in support of getting a more positive proposal on the bargaining table.

USW Local 7-669 President Darrell Lillie declared: "We're going to raise our voices with Honeywell's CEO to advocate for a contract offer that doesn't cut healthcare and retiree benefits for active and retired members." The next scheduled negotiating session is Nov. 22 in Metropolis.

WHO:  More than 100 USW Local 7-669 locked-out workers arriving on two buses with families and union members holding banners and signs.

WHAT:  Demonstration Seeking End to Labor Dispute at Honeywell's Nuclear Processing Facility in Metropolis, IL.

WHERE:  Honeywell Corporate Headquarters, 101 Columbia Rd., Morristown, NJ.

WHEN:  Nov. 18, 2010; 12:00 Noon (ET). Buses depart at 3:00 pm.

The USW says 230 nuclear workers have been locked out from their jobs for 20 weeks. The locked out workers are the only ones in the U.S. who produce first stage commercial fuel for nuclear power plants operating in most of North America.

"We feel that it is time for the top Honeywell management to sit down with us at the bargaining table and do some serious negotiating," Lillie said.

The USW represents about 1,200 workers employed at seven units of Honeywell. Union leaders of some of these locations in other states are joining the demonstration in Morristown. For more information and Solidarity Ride updates:

Contact:  John Smith; 618-638-7894;

Patrick Young, 412-562-2424; 412-298-6361;

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)