UPDATE: May 27, 2022, 9:00 P.M.: The USW Post 1449 released a statement regarding the lockout at the Collins Aerospace facility in Union. It says in part:
“The United Steelworkers (USW) said that approximately 250 members of Local 1449 were locked out of their jobs Monday by management at Collins Aerospace after only two weeks of bargaining.”
The statement continued, “Collins Aerospace must be made accountable for its decision to hold our jobs, families and community hostage over issues that should be resolved through collective bargaining,” Ray said. “Management needs to end this lockout immediately, return these workers to their jobs and resolve our differences at the table.”
UNION, WV (WVNS) — A labor dispute left some employees in Monroe County locked out of their jobs.
On Monday, May 23, 2022, workers at Collins Aerospace in Union were locked out of their jobs. Employees said when they showed up for work early, they were met with blockades. They belong to the United Steel Workers of America Post 1449 in Union.
They claim the company apparently kept around 250 workers off of the property. Employees declined to talk to 59 News on camera. They said U.S.W officials told them to not talk about the lockout. Even so, they weathered the storm to make the public aware of their situation.
Workers said they want the public to know they are not on strike. Employees did tell 59 News that Collins Aerospace is in negotiations with their union to work out a new contract. Until then, they will not receive health insurance or paychecks.
Both Collins Aerospace and U.S.W. 1449 President Brian Laxton did not offer additional details. Stick with 59 News as we follow the story and report updates as we receive them.