Maintenance workers stopped at the DuPont plant in Chesterfield after union negotiations stalled; Some members of Congress are worried | local business news
Gray said negotiations began in August for a new three-year contract. The initial contract was extended but then expired on October 7 without agreement. The shutdown began the next day, Gray said, and employees have been without pay since October 11.
Among the issues raised in the negotiations is the union’s request to increase employee salaries by 5% each year for the next three years, while the company has requested concessions on overtime pay and more management authority in the future contract, according to the union.
“Throughout this time, we have been negotiating in good faith with IBEW to reach a mutually beneficial agreement,” DuPont said in a statement sent by the spokesperson on Wednesday.
“Unfortunately we do not have a contract and we are disappointed that this issue remains unresolved,” the company said. To ensure our employees and site can continue to operate safely, we have taken the difficult decision to close down IBEW representative employees on site. We remain committed to reaching an agreement with IBEW as soon as possible that will be beneficial to our employees, our site, our business and our community in the long term. “
In the absence of maintenance technicians, the company said it is using “experienced and trained contractors” to perform maintenance tasks.
Gray said a mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service was involved in the negotiations.