Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin Stands with Machinists on Strike at Wyman-Gordon

August 21, 2017 – After weeks of negotiations, 271 Machinist members employed by Wyman-Gordon in Houston, TX began a strike calling for a fair and equitable contract from the company. The strike commenced at 12:00 a.m. on August 21, 2017.

“We stand in full support of our Machinist Brothers and Sisters as they have made the decision to go out on strike at Wyman-Gordon in Houston, TX. Although this resolution is never made lightly, it is the strongest show of Solidarity workers can make when the company presents a contract rife with takeaways,” said Southern General Vice President Mark A. Blondin. “Cuts in long and short term disability options, a wage system for new hires that prevents future earnings, unsafe working conditions and stagnating wages – all of this is unacceptable to a workforce who has spent an average of 15 to 20 years at this company.  It is without remorse that these workers have decided to use their combined voice to take a stand. They have the full backing of the IAMAW, as well as from hard working Americans across the country who share in the fight for fair contracts and workers’ rights.”

Wyman-Gordon is a manufacturer of precision, close-die, high-integrity forgings for the Aerospace Industry. Machinists Members at this facility work highly-skilled jobs ranging from Laborers to Mechanics and many have spent decades ensuring the company’s success. They fight for a contract that mirrors the respect they have shown Wyman-Gordon in the form of hard work and loyalty.