Local 123 Rally
At McQuay Plant Gate
|Local 123 Rally in July protested the
company's contract violations.
Supporters from other unions and Green Party expressed solidarity.
Frustration with management arrogance led UE Local 123 to rally outside
McQuay International on July 8. Some 150 workers and supporters took a stand and ignored
the threat of severe thunderstorms.
The rally seems to have had an immediate effect. Two out of three pending
arbitration cases were successfully resolved.
Local 123 members objected to the companys unilateral attempts to
change the contracts vacation language, flagrant violations of the temporary
transfer clause and use of subcontracting.
The rally drew members of other Shenandoah Valley unions, especially UE
Local 124 at Genicom in Waynesboro as well as IUE, Teamsters and IBEW local unions. The
rally had the endorsement of the Shenandoah Valley AFL-CIO Council. Sherry Stanley, a
Green Party candidate, also came to show her support.
Although advised that the news media doesnt cover labor news in the
Shenandoah Valley, Local 123 attracted two TV stations, six radio stations and three
newspapers. And although the company would lead the union to believe media coverage has no
impact on management, one reporter was told to leave the premises while another had a
McQuay official hang up on him.
Local 123 represents approximately 550 workers at McQuay, a manufacturer
of air conditioning parts and equipment. McQuay International is part of Hong Leong Group