Union workers at chemical plant showing solidarity

By WEEK Producer

March 12, 2012 Updated Mar 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM CDT

MAPLETON, Ill. -- Union workers at the Evonik Chemical Factory are sending a message to the company.

For the past two years, 125 workers at the Mapleton plant have been working without a contract.

Steelworkers Local President Larry Stewart said the rally is important to show the Company the workers support the bargaining committee and that, in his words, "Enough is enough."

Stewart said, "Basically, they want to be able to call people back when they need, who already may or may not be broken in on a job, but don't have the seniority to hold it in a layoff recall situation. And all the Union is asking for is that the Company honor our years of seniority and loyalty to them by giving the senior people a chance to learn that job so they're not laid off."

The Union and Evonik Company representatives are scheduled to meet Tuesday in an effort to reach a contractual agreement.

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