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Workers' Message to CEO Chapman: "Keep Angelus Can Open!"PITTSBURGH,
Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
United Steelworkers (USW) today held simultaneous candlelight vigils at Barry-Wehmiller's corporate headquarters near
St. Louis and the company's Angelus Can facility near
Los Angeles, 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
Bob LaVenture said that USW Local 8957 members from
California traveled to
St. Louis specifically to encourage Barry-Wehmiller Chairman and CEO
Robert Chapman 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,
Del Monte, 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
Steve Bjornback 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
$4.7 million 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
Robert Chapman that we Steelworkers will stand up and fight back."
The USW is
North America'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 –
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