May 22, 2013

Labor leaders claim Winslow manufacturer fired workers for trying to organize

By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling mhhetling@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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President Barack Obama stands with, from left, small business owners Tom Sturtevant and Trapper Clark of ALCOM Inc., of Winslow, and Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, on May 25, 2010, as he addressed small business owners about the economy.

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On Monday, he said, about 3:45 p.m., he was sweeping the floor when he was approached by his supervisor, who told him that there was not enough work "and they had to let me go."

Mayo said the workers were organizing because they wanted a more respectful work environment, higher wages and better health care options.

Clark said that this week, the company rolled out an improved health care plan for reasons unrelated to the organization efforts.

Under the new plan, Clark said, ALCOM contributes more per employee, which has resulted in lower premiums for the workers. Clark said it was the latest example of how the company works to provide for its employees in the best possible way.

Clark said that the overall level of employee turnover at the company is "very acceptable."

Mayo said that, in order to unionize, a majority of employees would have to demonstrate support by signing union authorization cards and voting in favor of a union at an election.

Schlobohm said the fired workers are likely to seek reinstatement by filing a charge of unfair labor practice with the National Labor Relations Board, which would spark an investigation.

Clark and co-owner Thomas Sturtevant were named Maine's 2010 Small Business Persons of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. They were recognized at a White House ceremony at which President Barack Obama spoke.

Matt Hongoltz-Hetling — 861-9287
mhhetling@centralmaine.com

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