By Paul Gorski
Employees at the Nippon Sharyo plant in Rochelle, Illinois, have been working with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 134 for about four months to unionize plant workers. IBEW Local 134 and these workers invite the community to a Show of Solidarity rally from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, at the gates of the Nippon Sharyo plant,1600 Ritchie Court, Rochelle, Illinois.
Approximately 500 workers, building electric-powered passenger rail cars, could become part of the IBEW bargaining unit at the plant. The workers want “a democratic voice in the workplace and socioeconomic fairness,” according to Charles Laskonis, IBEW state organizing coordinator, membership development.
The rally is part of the workers’ effort to raise union support and awareness. The IBEW has not petitioned for an election, but will once it reaches its target number of signed authorization cards.
Local residents are encouraged to join the Show of Solidarity Dec. 11 in Rochelle. Contact Lynn Arwood, IBEW regional organizing coordinator, Sixth District, at Lynn_Arwood@IBEW.org to learn more about the rally or to get involved.
Paul Gorski (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a Cherry Valley Township resident who also authors the Tech-Friendly column seen in this newspaper.
Posted Dec. 9, 2014