Illinois Machinist Wins Wrongful Discharge Case

From left, IAM Local 126 Directing Business Representative Joe Pijanowski presents Local 126 member Tom Symmes with signed settlement documents, alongside Local 126 Steward Juan Fuentes. Symmes recently returned to work after being wrongfully discharged from LPB Manufacturing in Cicero, IL.

Here’s another great example of why it pays to have a union contract. IAM Local 126 member Tom Symmes is back at work after being wrongfully discharged. Symmes was terminated when his employer, LPB Manufacturing in Cicero, IL, unilaterally changed the attendance policy without notification or bargaining. He was involved in an ongoing first contract effort at the company.

After filing charges against LPB Manufacturing, Symmes secured a non-board settlement which put him back to work, provided over $19,000 in back pay, and restored seniority and benefits.

Symmes is an active and strong supporter of IAM Local 126. He returned to work Wednesday October 9th and continues to proudly wear his IAM t-shirt.