September 3, 2009

Iowa union local demands workers’ benefits

For about 100 union workers in Moline, Ill, Labor Day will represent the end of the line with the closing of Quad City Die Casting, a union spokeswoman said.

Friday is the last scheduled workday at the plant, where union workers have complained for months the company's owner, Wells Fargo & Co. is putting workers out on the street despite receiving $25 billion in federal bailout funds.

That argument apparently failed. Workers are now confronting Wells Fargo on benefits union workers expected.

When the shop closes, they won't be going quietly, a release from the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America said Thursday.

We are angry that Wells Fargo is refusing to pay us what we have earned and we won't stop fighting for justice. We have the whole community supporting us, and we won't give up until Wells Fargo pays us what we worked so hard to earn., said Keith Shribner, President of UE Local 1174.

Those workers have earned pay and benefits that Wells Fargo is now telling the company they must not pay, instead that all the proceeds of the liquidation must go to the bank, the release said.

Monday, Sept. 7 is Labor Day.