Members of Local 1555 in Westfield, NY, who are on strike against British-owned Renold Inc., recently received a pledge of support from the 25-million member International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF). The IAM members at Renold voted to strike the precision engineering products firm after rejecting a company proposal that would eliminate pensions and cut pay by 20 percent.
“The IMF and its affiliates around the globe stand together with the members of IAM Lodge 1555 in their fight for decent wages and conditions. Metalworkers everywhere support their stand against corporate greed by saying NO to unfair contracts,” said IMF General Secretary Jyrki Raina in a letter sent to IAM President Tom Buffenbarger.
Renold has refused to negotiate to resolve the dispute and has instead hired replacement workers in an effort to break the strike.