HOUSTON, Nov. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 100 Sherwin Alumina workers and allies from across south Texas will join together for a rally outside the office of Sherwin's parent company on Wednesday, Nov. 19, calling on the company to end a five-week lockout at Sherwin's Gregory, Texas, facility.
Sherwin, owned by multinational conglomerate Glencore, locked its doors on 450 members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 235A on October 11 after the workers overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer demanding deep cuts in benefits for workers and retirees.
"The union remains committed to negotiating a new labor agreement that is fair to both sides," said Ruben Garza, Director of USW District 13. "Unfortunately, the company has chosen instead to use fear and intimidation in an effort to boost an already healthy bottom line."
Glencore, based in Switzerland, made $4.6 billion in net income in 2013 and ranks 10th on the Fortune 500 list of the world's largest companies.
WHO: USW Local 235A members and allies
WHAT: Rally demanding an end to lockout at Sherwin Alumina in Gregory, Texas
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 19, 2014
WHERE: Glencore's Houston office, 4265 San Felipe Street, Houston
USW District 13 represents more than 50,000 members in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The USW is the largest industrial union in North America, representing workers in a range of industries including metals, mining, rubber, paper and forestry, oil refining, health care, security, hotels, and municipal governments.
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SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)