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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Layoffs coming to Dresser-Rand in Wellsville

By Brian Quinn
Daily Reporter


WELLSVILLE — There will reportedly be layoffs at the Siemens Dresser-Rand facility in Wellsville, a machinists union business representative told The Daily Reporter.

No layoffs have been announced by the company as of Monday, but an announcement is expected by the end of the week, said Ron Warner, assistant directing business representative with District 65 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW). Warner said IAMAW Local 1580 was given the news at a meeting last Friday. Warner said he wasn’t present for the meeting, but that Local 1580 President Jim Lewis was. Lewis told Warner what had happened at the meeting, Warner said Monday.

“All I can tell you is that they (officials with Siemens Government Technologies) have informed the union there was going to be a reduction in the workforce,” Warner said. He said no specific number of upcoming layoffs has been given as of Monday.

“They’re working through the process. There are going to be some reductions,” Warner said. “The way I was told is, there’s going to be reductions to the union workforce and the salaried workforce. They held a meeting last Friday and I think they will have something out by the end of the week — how many people and what the reductions are.

“We have about 350 employees in the union. I know some departments (at the Wellsville facility) are busy and others have less work,” he said.

In August, Local 1580 members at the Wellsville facility approved a three-year collective bargaining agreement with Siemens. The agreement included 3.5-percent raises the first year and 3.25-percent wage increases in each of the next two years. It also includes a process for laying off union workers, Warner said.

“With the union folks, there’s a bumping process that has to be followed, according to the collective bargaining agreement,” he said. “There’s also a five-day notice for layoffs. To my knowledge, that (a five-day notice) isn’t formalized yet.”

The assistant directing business representative said there’s no provision for advance notice of layoffs for the salaried employees.

“Typically, when they get notified, that’s their last day. It (the layoff process) happens a little quicker with the salaried employees,” Warner said.

Warner said employees at the Wellsville facility knew work was slowing down.

“Hopefully, work will pick back up and we’ll get people back to work,” he said.

Layoffs coming to Dresser-Rand in Wellsville