IAM Seeks Federal Intervention at Honeywell FM&T

The IAM is calling for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to immediately release all information related to the recent water main break at the Honeywell FM&T plant and the subsequent handling of the waste from the extensive spill.

Calling the spill “a significant health risk” for anyone working in or near Honeywell’s Kansas City facility, IAM Midwest Territory GVP Philip J. Gruber sent letters seeking assistance from Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Roy Blunt.

“I am calling on the U.S. Senators from Missouri to intervene on the behalf of the citizens of the Kansas City,” said Gruber, who questioned Honeywell’s decision to invoke a “life or death” clause to require workers from another union to cross Local 778’s picket line and make repairs. Members of Local 778 voted October 9 to strike the Honeywell facility.

Click here to view copies of the letters to Sens. McCaskill and Blunt.

“We are asking for public disclosure of the results of any Environmental Impact Study or testing done on the waste that was generated from the water main break,” said Gruber, who noted the use of plutonium and more than 898 toxins in use at the Honeywell plant.

IAM Local 778 represents nearly 850 workers at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technology in Kansas City, MO. Additional information about safety concerns at the facility is available at http://www.lodge778.org/news/2011negotiations.html.