About 228 workers at Honeywell Metropolis are no longer receiving paychecks, while the company cuts-back to modify the plant. The company sent layoff notices in July to 228 of its workers in Metropolis, noting a production shutdown that could last up to 15 months would take place in lieu of plant upgrades for natural disasters. One-hundred-25 of those are United Steelworkers Local 7-669 members. Workers received their last paychecks Friday, with benefits continuing through the 30th. Union president Steven Lech tells KZIM KSIM he’s expecting many won’t hang on until they’re called back next summer. Lech says Honeywell promised during a meeting last week they have set a tentative start-up date for August 1st, 2013. He says they will have to recall these laid-off workers a few months before that time for re-training. A year ago, 184 union employees returned to their jobs after a 13-month lockout over disagreements on a three-year contract with the nuclear conversion plant.
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