Newly organized IAM members employed at K&N Manufacturing in Riverside, CA held a rally to demand management sit down with the IAM to negotiate a fair contract. More than 600 workers at the facility produce custom after-market air filters for the automotive industry.
The well-attended rally included U.S. Rep Mark Takano (D-CA) calling on management to negotiate in good faith. A representative from California Assemblyman Jose Medina’s office and Riverside, CA IAM Local 964 President Bob Fisk also made remarks in support of the workers.
In May 2016, workers at the K&N facility voted to join the IAM. Claiming that an unrelated group of workers should have been included in the pool of workers eligible to vote, the company challenged the results of the election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
On January 20, K&N lost its challenge and was ordered by the NLRB to negotiate in good faith with the IAM. Despite the ruling, K&N is refusing to negotiate.
“The workers of K&N come to work every day and pour out their blood, sweat and tears to make this company as profitable as it is,” said Joe Solis, lead organizer for the IAM on the campaign. “It’s unfortunate K&N doesn’t value their employees enough to come to the negotiating table and listen to their cares and concerns as it relates to their employment conditions.”
“These workers were being treated unfairly by K&N, so they turned to the IAM for help. They won the election for representation and now K&N is breaking the law by not sitting down and negotiating a fair contract,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “The only way to ensure fairness for workers is through a collective bargaining agreement. K&N’s refusal to negotiate is a clear indicator that they have an alarming lack of respect for their employees.”
You can show your support for our members by calling 800-858-3333, extension 4137 and tell K&N Human Resources Manager Lyn Rosas to negotiate with the IAM and its members.