Metal Polishers Strike Settled

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Remco Maintenance negotiates industry-wide agreement with the Metal Polishers Union.

The Metal Polishers Union Local 8A concluded an industry-wide agreement early Monday after striking the sole remaining negotiating company, Remco Maintenance. Remco has historically provided industry contract leadership and this contract was no exception. Twenty-two other companies opted for a "me-too" agreement which means that they will automatically accept the resulting contract.

"We had the responsibility and I am proud of reaching an accord by applying diligence, creativity and integrity. This contract is in the best interest of our valued clients, our workers and craftsman and the entire industry. While a significant increase in benefit payments were needed and agreed upon, we were able to balance this with appropriate operational productivity gains," said Raymond Saleeby, Remco’s President and CEO. He went on to say that "we worked hard during the strike not to disappoint our clients and with this accord the benefits to them will be evident." The Union and the industry clashed over benefits, wages and a multiple-tiered seniority system. The settlement of the new three year contract had been somewhat elusive. In the end it resulted in a contract which, when coupled with Remco Maintenance's brand and reputation for quality service, will provide them and the industry with the ability to serve their customer needs with pride.

The President of the Union Local, Hector Lopez stated "We are happy with our settlement. Soaring welfare costs are not unique to our industry in this day and age and we are pleased to be able to provide the necessary coverage without risking the future financial stability of the industry players. I applaud the working relationship we have established with the industry’s largest stakeholder, Remco, and will continue to foster that relationship within this very relevant service sector to create an environment that will benefit the end use customers."

Since 1932 Remco Maintenance (http://www.myremco.com) has been New York City’s company of choice to preserve the architectural and historical brilliance America’s signature properties. Their expertise in metal, marble, stone, wood, door and building façade maintenance and restoration is unsurpassed. Clients include The Four Seasons, ATCO Properties, Fisher Brothers, Bloomingdales, Cartier, JPM Chase, Cushman & Wakefield, Tiffany & Co., Yankee Stadium and thousands of others.

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