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JELD-WEN Employees Consider Joining Union

OPB | June 28, 2013 12:38 p.m. | Portland

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Employees of JELD-WEN manufacturing plants in Klamath Falls and Chiloquin are joining a national effort for unionization. Workers at the door-and-window company say they’re underpaid and have dangerous conditions.

A campaign began in February after the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers received complaints about the working conditions at several JELD-WEN sites.

After conducting site surveys, the union determined the complaints were legitimate and began the “Justice for JELD-WEN Workers” campaign.

William Street is with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He says JELD-WEN plants in other countries are already unionized.

We thought that a company that has this type of experience with unions, has enjoyed the profitability and productivity of partnering with unions, would not take this anti-union stance in North America.”

William says that JELD-WEN workers will eventually vote to either accept or reject unionization.

JELD-WEN employs about 3000 people in Oregon.  The company declined to comment on the union drive.

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