Clay Stands Strong with Machinists Forced to Go Out On-Strike Against American Pulverizer
WASHINGTON – Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri issued the following first-person statement this afternoon in support of striking members of Locals 41 and 313 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) who have been forced out on strike by the American Pulverizer Company in St. Louis.
CONGRESSMAN WM. LACY CLAY (D) MISSOURI
“I stand in solidarity with the striking IAM workers at the American Pulverizer Company in their fight to restore dignity and fairness in their workplace. For twelve long weeks these valiant workers have steadfastly resisted the short-sighted and misguided attempts by a profitable company to impose drastic cuts in health care and other vital benefits.
I am appalled that American Pulverizer wants to strip away the workers right to take part in important union activities while at the same time seeking to change the “management rights clause” to give the company the ability to dictate arbitrary changes in work rules.
When labor and management work together we succeed as a nation. Now is the time for the company to sit down and bargain seriously in good faith with the workers and their union, who, since 1948, have made American Pulverizer one the most dependable manufacturers of rock and coal crushing equipment in the U.S.”