(HARRISBURG, PA) – One year ago, the union members of UAW Local 1311 walked out on strike at Langeloth Metallurgical in Washington County, PA. They could not have imagined what the next year would bring them. Collective action has been on the rise in workplaces and communities, inspired by stories just like those of our UAW brothers and sisters.
In the twelve months since the workers took to the picket line at Langeloth, they have braved the Winter weather, the Summer heat, and the COVID-19 pandemic. They have stood strong in solidarity, and their fellow Pennsylvania unions are with them
“Their determination is worthy of our respect. Union members want a safe workplace and a voice on the job, pure and simple. Even before the pandemic, in a plant that processes molten metal, safety should always be a chief concern for workers and their employers. Workers want a say in the work that they do and recognition of their years on the job. In the face of 2020’s many crises, it is our sincere hope that good-faith labor-management dialogue will win out,” stated President Rick Bloomingdale.
“It would be easy to forget that 2019 was a historic year for workers’ taking to the picket line; it was only the beginning. Working people must take this moment as an inspiration. Workers have a voice. Workers have value and, all workers deserve respect. We have not forgotten our sisters and brothers on strike. One day longer!” added Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder.
Please see the following statement released to local media by the union today:
“Today, Sept. 9, 2020, marks one year that the brothers and sisters of UAW Local 1311 have been walking the picket line outside Langeloth Metallurgical Company in Langeloth, PA. The cause for the strike was a disagreement over safety and seniority within the plant, not monetary issues.
“There has been absolutely no progress in contract negotiations. The company has conducted itself in such a manner some may consider their actions an effort to bust the union. This is something we do not want to see happen to our union now or any other union in the future.
“In mid April of this year the Union filed Unfair Labor Practice charges against the company with the National Labor Relations Board. The case is still ongoing in Washington, DC at this time. While the union members anxiously await the outcome of their case, they continue to walk the picket line day and night. Our primary goal is to get our members back to work.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Langeloth community and surrounding areas for their continued support and generosity throughout this past year. It has meant a great deal to our membership.”