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Employees form picket line outside KONE facility in Coal Valley

Published: Sep. 20, 2021 at 6:05 PM CDT
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COAL VALLEY, Illinois (KWQC) - Employees set up a picket line outside the KONE facility in Coal Valley Monday morning, forming after they say recent requests were decisively denied by the company. One of the sticking point issues is a two-tier wage system.

“There’s, a lot of us, there’s three and four dollars between the 1 and 2 tier people,” says Brent Wynn, a Material Handler with KONE.

“We’d like to see that closer or at least achievable by the 2 tier people. I’m one of the 1 tier, I’d like to see it, they should be able to make the money we’re making somewhere along the line.”

According to the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, the Coal Valley facility employs more than 100 people.

Expanded options for retirement is also an issue the union is looking for progress on.

Monday, TV6 received a statement from KONE Labor Relations following the picket.

You can read the full statement below:

“After weeks of optimistic negotiations, KONE Coal Valley employees chose not to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement between KONE management and the IAM union committee. While KONE respects the right to engage in collective bargaining activity, we are disappointed our employees did not support the negotiated agreement and strong package that included significant wage and insurance increases as well as other enhancements to terms and conditions of employment.

KONE will continue to collaborate with the IAM union committee and is hopeful for a quick resolution and acceptance of the proposed agreement.

KONE maintains operational contingency plans to ensure business continuity and expects minimal impact to customers and jobsite deliveries during this time.”

- KONE Labor Relations

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