Union workers protest for better working conditions at Daikin Applied

Published: Jul. 13, 2018 at 12:50 AM EDT
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Workers at Daikin Applied protested on Thursday for better working conditions and what they say are management violations in their contracts.

More than 100 members of United Electrical Radio and Machine Works of America, Local 123 rallied outside of the company saying that management has been violating employee rights, making workers work in hot conditions and forcing employees to work mandatory overtime.

"I'm feeling good that my people showed up and they're expressing their voice to the company so they can see and hopefully they'll see that this is more than one person's voice and more than five people's voice and it's a voice of the membership," said Wesley Henshaw, one of the union workers.

We reached out to Daikin to get their side. They sent us this statement:

"Daikin Applied values all employees. We foster a workplace that prioritizes safety in everything we do, as well as a comfortable work atmosphere. Demonstrating the importance of workplace safety and leading by example are vital to the success of our business.

We are aware of the concerns recently expressed by the Members of United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE), Local 123 regarding our manufacturing facility in Staunton, Virginia. As always, we’re teaming with union leaders and employees to be attentive and responsive to their needs, and reach mutually agreeable solutions. Daikin Applied prides itself in striving to achieve positive outcomes with our employees."

Henshaw said workers hope they can sit down with management and come up with an agreement but if not, they will continue to protest.

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