UAW: Labor Board Orders SPX to Re-Hire Laid-Off Workers; Company Liable for Millions in Back Pay

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from International Union, UAW

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 The following was released by the International Union, UAW:
 
     In a unanimous decision, a three-member panel of the National Labor
 Relations Board has ordered the Muskegon, Michigan-based SPX Corporation, an
 auto industry supplier, to re-hire workers laid off at the company's
 SPX-Contech division in Dowagiac, Michigan in the fall of 1996.  The Labor
 Board order, issued on April 9, affirms an earlier ruling by an NLRB
 Administrative Law Judge.  It requires the company to pay back wages, health
 benefits, pension payments, and other compensation to 120 workers affected by
 the layoff, starting from the date they were laid off.
     The NLRB decision, which is subject to appeal in Federal court, creates an
 undetermined liability for SPX.  The total award, including interest, could
 reach millions of dollars, depending on the circumstances of individual
 workers affected.  The company's liability will continue to mount until
 workers are made whole or a settlement is reached.
     "This is great news for our members," said Danny Truelove, Vice President
 of UAW Local 3136, which represents workers at SPX-Contech in Dowagiac.  "This
 company has spent a lot of years telling us we didn't have any rights and they
 didn't have to talk to us.  We stuck to our guns, because we know we have a
 right to form a union and bargain."
     "The NLRB has told SPX in no uncertain terms:  corporate crime does not
 pay," said George Andros, regional director of UAW Region 1D in western
 Michigan.  "This company has an obligation to respect the rights of its
 workers, and to bargain in good faith.  Defying that obligation in the face of
 repeated court rulings is a costly mistake for SPX, its workers, its
 shareholders, and the communities in which it does business."
     The 1996 layoffs occurred shortly after a majority of workers at SPX voted
 to form their own union and join the International Union, UAW.  Union
 representatives filed an information request and asked the company to bargain
 over the effects of the proposed layoffs.  In plain violation of U.S. labor
 law, the company refused to meet with the union, refused to bargain, and
 refused to provide any information.
     The company refused to bargain over the layoffs because it refused to
 recognize the results of the 1996 NLRB election.  Company executives spent
 several years in court trying to overturn the results of the election.  The
 effort failed after the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the
 election in 1998, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case the
 following year.
     Members of UAW Local 3136 at SPX-Contech and UAW representatives have been
 working to bargain a contract with SPX since January of last year, Andros
 said.  "Unfortunately," he said, "after more than 45 bargaining sessions
 without reaching a contract, I'm forced to conclude that SPX executives are
 more interested in delay and denial than they are in reaching a fair and
 equitable agreement."
     "Their continued refusal to bargain isn't going to fly," said Andros.
 "The Labor Board won't let them get away with it, and our members won't let
 them get away with it.  The best course for this company is to reach a rapid
 settlement with the workers illegally laid off in 1996, and with current
 employees.  Our members and our union are ready to work with the company and
 do whatever is necessary to get the job done."
 
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SOURCE International Union, UAW
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 The following was released by the International Union, UAW:
 
     In a unanimous decision, a three-member panel of the National Labor
 Relations Board has ordered the Muskegon, Michigan-based SPX Corporation, an
 auto industry supplier, to re-hire workers laid off at the company's
 SPX-Contech division in Dowagiac, Michigan in the fall of 1996.  The Labor
 Board order, issued on April 9, affirms an earlier ruling by an NLRB
 Administrative Law Judge.  It requires the company to pay back wages, health
 benefits, pension payments, and other compensation to 120 workers affected by
 the layoff, starting from the date they were laid off.
     The NLRB decision, which is subject to appeal in Federal court, creates an
 undetermined liability for SPX.  The total award, including interest, could
 reach millions of dollars, depending on the circumstances of individual
 workers affected.  The company's liability will continue to mount until
 workers are made whole or a settlement is reached.
     "This is great news for our members," said Danny Truelove, Vice President
 of UAW Local 3136, which represents workers at SPX-Contech in Dowagiac.  "This
 company has spent a lot of years telling us we didn't have any rights and they
 didn't have to talk to us.  We stuck to our guns, because we know we have a
 right to form a union and bargain."
     "The NLRB has told SPX in no uncertain terms:  corporate crime does not
 pay," said George Andros, regional director of UAW Region 1D in western
 Michigan.  "This company has an obligation to respect the rights of its
 workers, and to bargain in good faith.  Defying that obligation in the face of
 repeated court rulings is a costly mistake for SPX, its workers, its
 shareholders, and the communities in which it does business."
     The 1996 layoffs occurred shortly after a majority of workers at SPX voted
 to form their own union and join the International Union, UAW.  Union
 representatives filed an information request and asked the company to bargain
 over the effects of the proposed layoffs.  In plain violation of U.S. labor
 law, the company refused to meet with the union, refused to bargain, and
 refused to provide any information.
     The company refused to bargain over the layoffs because it refused to
 recognize the results of the 1996 NLRB election.  Company executives spent
 several years in court trying to overturn the results of the election.  The
 effort failed after the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the
 election in 1998, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case the
 following year.
     Members of UAW Local 3136 at SPX-Contech and UAW representatives have been
 working to bargain a contract with SPX since January of last year, Andros
 said.  "Unfortunately," he said, "after more than 45 bargaining sessions
 without reaching a contract, I'm forced to conclude that SPX executives are
 more interested in delay and denial than they are in reaching a fair and
 equitable agreement."
     "Their continued refusal to bargain isn't going to fly," said Andros.
 "The Labor Board won't let them get away with it, and our members won't let
 them get away with it.  The best course for this company is to reach a rapid
 settlement with the workers illegally laid off in 1996, and with current
 employees.  Our members and our union are ready to work with the company and
 do whatever is necessary to get the job done."
 
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