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IAM Will Fight Dresser Rand Plant Closure In Western New York

Published Friday, February 23, 2018
by IAM News
IAM Will Fight Dresser Rand Plant Closure In Western New York

(WELLSVILLE, NEW YORK) - Nearly 250 International Association of Machinists (IAM) Members in this Western New York community of Wellsville were left reeling earlier this week when Siemens officials suddenly announced the impending sale and closure of the historic Dresser Rand Plant.

Siemens Officials met with Members of IAM Local 1580 at the facility to drop the bombshell announcement that Curtiss-Wright is purchasing the Dresser-Rand Government Business and Services Portfolio, and that the commercial Power Generation Services work performed at Dresser-Rand will eventually be transferred to Charlotte, North Carolina and other Siemens facilities.  The IAM has represented Workers employed at the plant since 1942.

“The announcement by Siemens officials on Monday (February 19th) ‘came without warning and without any regard’ to the Workers, their families, ‘nor the future’ of their families,” IAM District 65 Directing Business Representative Ron Warner said.

“I met with the Representatives of IAM Local 1580, and the company, but at this time they’ve ‘not provided information on how the closure will proceed, and more importantly a detailed timeline,’” he said. “I will work with the Local 1580 Representatives and the IAM International ‘to assist our Members in every way possible and assure that our members have the resources necessary going forward.’  ‘Make no mistake, this will eviscerate this community.’  ‘These are good jobs that reach deeply into this community, and in many cases two, and even three generations deep.’”

Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro, Sr., said: “Sadly, this is becoming an ‘all-too-familiar method of doing business by Siemens.’  Acquiring ‘long-standing companies deeply rooted into communities, cherry picking the product line they want, and selling what remains to the highest bidder without regard for the communities or the Working Families.’  Workers in Mount Vernon, Ohio at Local (90) - that traces its roots in the community back nearly (112) years, faced a similar situation last year when the Rolls-Royce plant was purchased by Siemens.”

IAM International President Bob Martinez said: “Dresser-Rand and their ‘dedicated’ Employees ‘have been a staple in the Wellsville community for over one-hundred years.’  This decision by Siemens ‘shows that they have no loyalty to Working Families and local communities.’”

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: www.goiam.org/news/new-york-machinists-fight-dresser-rand-plant-closure/

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