The National Labor Relations Board has opened an investigation into failure to pay severance by the outgoing owners of the Remington Arms gun factory in Ilion, one of the Mohawk Valley’s largest employers, the Albany Times-Union reported.
The newspaper said the NLRB confirmed the start of the investigation by its regional office in Buffalo on Monday.
The action follows a complaint by the United Mine Workers of American Local 717, which represents most workers at the factory, as well as calls by federal lawmakers, including Sens. Charles Schumer and Congressman Anthony Brindisi, D-22, of Utica.
Brindisi’s opponent, former Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, Republican from New Hartford, also met with workers and the principal owner of the investment firm set to take over the plant after a sale out of bankruptcy court.
The incoming owners have told local officials in Ilion and Herkimer County they intend to restart gun making in Ilion, though the Marlin brand, one of the lines made there, was sold to another gun company.