As the Remington Arms bankruptcy sale process heads to completion in Alabama, the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement yesterday:
“Publicly available documents filed over the weekend with the Bankruptcy Court indicate that there could be a successful bidder for certain assets of Remington that would include the Ilion, N.Y., plant, and that bidder would agree to keep the plant open. This is, of course, subject to a final decision by the Court.
“Our goal throughout this process has always been to keep that plant open and our members working. That appears to be on track, at least to this point. The UMWA has been in talks with that bidder about our collective bargaining agreement at the Ilion plant and we will be talking with them further in the coming days should their bid be accepted by the Court tomorrow.
“We do not yet know what the final outcome of the Court proceedings will be, nor do we know what the final outcome of our talks with a successful bidder will be. But this is another step in the process, and I believe it to be a positive one for our members.”
The Mohawk Valley Nine, a bipartisan coalition of state legislators representing Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida counties, also pledged their support to Remington Arms’ employees. The delegation stated:
“On the eve of the auction of Remington Outdoor Company, we are closely monitoring the sale of the Ilion plant. Of greatest concern are the employees and their families, they are the backbone of the heritage company, the community, and the regional economy.
“The dedicated, skilled, multi-generational workforce at Remington is one of the company’s greatest assets. The employees deserve stability and peace of mind as the company goes through an ownership change. We stand ready to work with the new owners and will be reaching out to them immediately, to ensure the company will flourish and expand. Remington is more than an economic driver, it is a way of life in our region and the company’s future success is vital to everyone in the Mohawk Valley.”
The Mohawk Valley Nine is comprised of delegation co-chairs Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) and Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon (D/I-Utica/Rome), Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I – Rome), Senator Rachel May (D – Syracuse), Senator Jim Tedisco (R/C/I/Ref – Glenville), Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R/C/I – Black River), Assemblyman Brian Miller (R/C/I – New Hartford), Assemblyman John Salka (R/C/Ref-Brookfield), Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R/C/Ref-Meco).
Congressman Anthony Brindisi said, “I stand with the hardworking men and women at Remington Arms and the United Mine Workers of America. Any bidder would be lucky to have such a dedicated and skilled workforce. I am encouraged by this news and will continue to fight for these good-paying union jobs and the village of Ilion. We are not out of the woods yet, but this is an important step in the process. Any worker dealing with the uncertainty should feel free to contact my office for assistance.”
Claudia Tenney stated, “The news of Remington’s bankruptcy is concerning and I will continue to fight for the Remington plant and its hard-working employees during these difficult times. As the oldest continuously operating firearms maker in the country, the Ilion Remington Arms plant is part of American history and woven into the fabric of this community. I have worked hard to defend Remington’s workers and will not stop now. It has been an honor to work with and earn the support and trust of its employees and its union, UMWA 717, over many years. I will continue to fight to see the Ilion plant survive and come away stronger.”