FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 19, 2015
Contact: Alvin Warwick : 336-285-7781
ADT Locks Out Winston-Salem, N.C. Employees
IBEW Blasts Company’s Obstructionist Behavior
ADT employees and union leaders are denouncing the security company’s Feb. 13 decision to lock out 19 of its service technicians in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The workers had voted for representation by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 342 in 2013. They have been negotiating for a first contract since then.
“ADT has dragged out talks for nearly two years, using every trick in the book prevent us from ever coming to an agreement,” said Local 342 Business Manager Alvin Warwick.
The Florida-based company refused to budge from its final offer, which would slash employees’ wages by up to 30 percent.
ADT has brought in outside contractors to do the work of the locked-out workers.
“Using untrained contractors not familiar with ADT to install and maintain security systems in a customer’s most important possession – their home – is a bad move from a company devoted to security,” Warwick said.
The union says it is committed to negotiating a fair contract that is mutually beneficial to both parties. “ADT employees have made it clear they want to keep working while bargaining goes on,” said IBEW International President Edwin D. Hill. “This lockout undermines workplace relations, undermines service and undermines the community. Management needs to end its obstructionist behavior and come back to the table.”
The IBEW represents approximately 1,000 ADT employees.
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The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers(IBEW) represents approximately 750,000 active members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among the American unions in the AFL-CIO because it is among the largest and has members in so many skilled occupations.