Workers' Message to CEO Chapman: "Keep Angelus Can Open!"
Dec. 12, 2012
United Steelworkers (USW) today held simultaneous candlelight vigils at Barry-Wehmiller's corporate headquarters near
and the company's Angelus Can facility near
, where workers were told last month that their jobs are being eliminated as the company shifts production to non-union facilities in
USW District 12 Director
said that USW Local 8957 members from
specifically to encourage Barry-Wehmiller Chairman and CEO
to keep the profitable Angelus Can facility open.
"Steelworkers at Angelus Can have spent generations making machinery for customers such as Pepsi, Campbell Soup, ConAgra,
, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, Miller Brewing and Nestle," LaVenture said. "We cannot allow the proud tradition of quality and profitability to end in
USW Local 8957 President
said that production at Angelus Can has rebounded since the global economic collapse of 2008 and recession that followed and that the union will neither back down nor quietly walk away.
"In October, management invited us to celebrate record revenues of
for just one month at our facility," Bjornback said. "Yet during the first week of November, the company announced plans to shut us down, and we need to show
that we Steelworkers will stand up and fight back."
The USW is
's largest industrial union, representing 850,000 workers in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries.
CONTACT:Shawn Gilchrist, USW –
or (412) 562-6968