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“We Just Want A Fair Shake” - 100 Iowa Valve Plant Workers Vote To Unionize With the International Association Of Machinists

Published Thursday, February 4, 2021
by IAM News
“We Just Want A Fair Shake” - 100 Iowa Valve Plant Workers Vote To Unionize With the International Association Of Machinists

(OSKALOOSA, IOWA) – One hundred Workers employed at the Clow Valve Foundry in Oskaloosa, Iowa have voted to Go Union with the International Association of Machinists (IAM).

These new IAM Members make iron and brass castings for fire hydrants and water valves.

“We work hard for this company,” Clow Foundry Employee Josh Britt said. “We want them to work hard for us.”

Workers at the plant inquired about joining the IAM late last year after the company significantly increased health care costs.  Moreover, the company indicated it was potentially making additional future changes to their benefits.

“These Workers stuck together and kept focused on why the wanted to be Members of our great Union,” IAM Midwest Territory Special Representative Chris Tucker, the campaign’s lead Organizer, said. “The men and women at Clow Foundry look at each other as family.  They are proud of the efficient and productive work they do for this company and want to preserve good jobs in their community for generations to come.  I couldn’t be more excited for these new Members and their families.”

Due a sizable Spanish-speaking population at the plant, IAM Organizers were sure to translate all materials about the Union.

The castings produced by the IAM Members employed at the Clow Foundry are shipped to a nearby IAM Local 1498 facility, which then produces fire hydrants, water valves and other critical infrastructure.

“We just want a fair shake,” Clow Foundry Worker Robbie Saylor said.

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: www.goiam.org/news/100-iowa-valve-plant-workers-vote-to-join-machinists-union/

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