NLRB accuses Fedders of unfair labor practice

MARYLAND WATCH

April 29, 1998

The National Labor Relations Board has accused air-conditioner maker Fedders Corp. of unfair labor practices against workers locked out of the company's Rotorex Co. plant near Walkersville.

The company illegally fired 345 employees of the air compressor plant in Frederick County and failed to bargain in good faith with their representative -- the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers -- according to the complaint, filed Friday.

Fedders doesn't comment on pending NLRB complaints, spokesman Kent Hansen said.

The NLRB scheduled a hearing June 8 in Frederick on the allegations. The company has until then to file a response to the complaint.

When their contract expired Aug. 18, 440 Rotorex workers went on strike. The company locked them out Sept. 12 when it refused their unconditional offer to resume working.

Fedders illegally fired 68 assembly line workers Aug. 13 and 277 machine shop workers Sept. 29, the complaint says. The company then subcontracted the machine shop work without consulting the union.

Pub Date: 4/29/98

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