AURORA, OH — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) met with many of the more than 100 locked-out United Steelworkers (USW) to discuss their current negotiations with Rotek management. The meeting took place immediately outside of the Rotek facility in Aurora because the workers were not allowed inside.
“These workers want to get back to work and provide for their families, plain and simple.” Brown said. “I will continue to offer whatever assistance I can to ensure that Rotek ends this unnecessary and costly lockout which hurts our country’s military defense and renewable energy production.”
Among those who joined Brown today was Bill Hyslop, the President of United Steelworkers Local 8565, other local USW representatives, and State Rep. Kathleen Clyde.
In July, Brown called on Aurora’s Rotek Inc. to end its half year lockout of more than 100 members of the USW and offered his aid so that a fair and equitable agreement could be reached. Rotek locked out members of the USW after its workers overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer that would have immediately cut wages for all employees, and forced concessions to their health care and other benefits. Brown is concerned that the length of the lockout has already forced workers and their loved ones to experience economic hardship. Brown is also concerned that replacement workers do not have the experience and expertise to make high enough quality products for both the country’s renewable energy production, and most concerning, its military defense.
Rotek is a North American leader in the engineering, manufacturing, service, and support of large diameter slewing bearings and seamless forged rings which are used in parts that produce wind energy and military products.