Union: Furloughed workers at Remington plant terminated
ILION, N.Y. (AP) — Almost 600 furloughed employees at the Remington Arms plant in upstate New York were told they would be terminated effective Monday, according to the workers’ union.
The Remington Outdoor Company entered into Chapter 11 bankruptcy this summer and the plant in the village of Ilion is not currently in production.
The United Mine Workers of America said 585 workers were told Friday of the termination, and that their health care and other contractual benefits will end later this week. The union said the company is refusing to pay severance and accrued vacation benefits.
A call seeking comment was made to the Madison, North Carolina-based company.
A bid for the Ilion plant was made in bankruptcy court by Roundhill Group LLC, which intends continue production with at least 200 employees initially.
“We are now working with the new company to get the plant reopened and start putting our members back to work. But the old, failed Remington had one more kick in the pants for our members,” said UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts.
Remington traces its area roots in the Mohawk Valley to 1816.