U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, in a letter to company president Tim Gudszend, has asked Aurora’s Rotek Inc. to end the work stoppage involving more than 100 members of the United Steelworkers.
He also has offered his aid to reaching a “fair and equitable agreement.”
Rotek manufactures large diameter slewing bearings and seamless forged rings at its South Chillicothe Road plant. The parts are used in products for the military and for wind energy generation. About 300 work there.
“The United Steelworkers have the experience and skill to produce the highest quality products.” Brown said. “With Rotek producing components for both our country’s military and renewable energy sectors, we cannot allow the use of replacement workers to put either at risk.”
Rotek has called the situation a strike while representatives of Local 8565 claim workers were locked out.