Local union members say they're locked out of work

(WTRF) - Union workers in Glen Dale say they've been locked out of their jobs after months of contract negotiations with Tecnocap.

USW-GMP Local 152 M members are fighting to get back inside the building to work.

President Lisa Wilds said they don't want to be standing on Route 2, that many of them need to keep working, but they said the company is not willing to negotiate.

Wilds said on March 5th, the 71 members of the union were shocked to find a notice saying they would be locked out.

Another lockout notice was posted on the 12th, saying union members would be locked out on the 13th.

Wilds said that Tecnocap and the union have been negotiation since October, and can't reach common ground. Union members said they've agreed to keep working while negotiations continue.

"And they're not letting us work. This is an unfair labor practice to lock us out of this facility when we're agreeing to work, and they're also letting non-dues paying members work, but they turned my union members who pay dues away at the gate," said Wilds.

Wilds said employees make about $18 to $19 an hour making metal closures for jars.

7News has reached out to Tecnocap, but we have not yet received a statement.

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