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General Dynamics scheduled to lay-off workers in Scranton

09.22.14

SEPTEMBER 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

General Dynamics scheduled to lay-off workers in Scranton

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, September 2nd- Lay-offs at the General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems plant on Cedar Avenue in South Scranton is mounting after the company notified their employees and the Department of Labor (DOL) that an additional fifty-five workers are anticipated to be laid-off starting in November.

The International Association of Machinists (IAM) Union Local Lodge 847 represents plant workers at the facility.

The plant mostly produces military projectiles for the United States Department of Defense including the Army and Navy.

However, because of the military decreases in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military has cut-spending on supplies causing a slow-down within the military suppling industry.

According to the IAM, approximately 25 percent of the work within the plant is non-military contract work.

Elbows for the natural gas industry have also been manufactured at the plant. That industry also has cut-back during 2014.

On September 4th, the DOL was notified that the additional fifty-five workers are expected to begin to be laid-off, without a known recall date, starting in November and running through December. The lay-offs will impact workers with a minimum of 12 to 14 years of seniority.

After those lay-offs are complete, approximately 95 Local Lodge 847 represented employees will be working in the plant, down from around 150 only eight-teen months ago. The overall plant employment will be down to 145 counting management from more than 200 more than a year ago.

Joe Cron, a IAM Local Lodge 847 delegate to the Scranton Central Labor Union (SCLU) labor federation, stated the facility produces 5 inch 54 caliber shell bodies for the United States Navy and a 105 millimeter artillery shell.

Mr. Cron stated that the company had received assurances from the Army that a shell body for them is expected to become available in early 2015. However, the work is not guaranteed unless there are funds allocated for the shells.

The IAM collective bargaining agreement with General Dynamics expires at the end of the year.