Union for Remington Arms workers seek negotiations

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ILION — United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts is calling on Roundhill CEO Richmond Italia to meet face-to-face and complete negotiations for an agreement for Remington to continue operations.

Roundhill Group, LLC, is an investment group that has bought Remington.

In a statement this week, Roberts addressed comments Italia’s recent public statements about the negotiating process, saying, “While I appreciate Mr. Italia’s comments to the media on Monday that recognized the UMWA as the collective bargaining agent for the workers at the Ilion plant, I was mystified by his statement that we are ‘almost there’ with respect to an agreement … We are not almost there. Let’s get down to the real business of reaching an agreement that is fair and reasonable for everyone.”

A little over a week ago, in reaction to reports the new owners of Remington Outdoor Company plant in Ilion are again threatening to not reopen the plant, Roberts said a tentative agreement had been reached with the Remington Outdoor Company and that, “there are no bankruptcy-related issues that should justify Roundhill’s repeated threats to keep the Ilion plant closed. ...”

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