UNWA sees no issues to reopening Remington plant in Ilion

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ILION — Responding to news reports that the new owners of Remington Outdoor Company plant in Ilion are again threatening to not reopen the plant, United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement Tuesday:

“...We have reached a tentative agreement with the Remington Outdoor Company (old Remington), on issues where we could agree, regarding the outstanding employee legacies of that company. What we have not agreed upon, the bankruptcy court will decide. (Roundhill Group, LLC, an investment group that has bought Remington) knows this, and knows that the UMWA has not and does not consider Roundhill liable for those legacy issues. 

“As far as we are concerned there are no bankruptcy-related issues that should justify Roundhill’s repeated threats to keep the Ilion plant closed. We have told them that, and are willing to tell them again today, tomorrow or any other day that Roundhill’s negotiators decide to reengage at the bargaining table.”

Roberts remarks continue: “All we are asking of Roundhill is to hire our members back to work in the Ilion plant when it is reopened and recognize the UMWA as their collective bargaining representative. …”

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