Court: Ill. plant didn’t violate deal by closing
August 19, 2011
CHICAGO (AP) — An automotive parts manufacturer did not violate a collective bargaining agreement by closing its plant in central Illinois and moving production to its non-unionized factory in Kentucky, a federal appellate court ruled Friday.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed a lower court ruling that ZF Boge Elastmetall never made commitments to the United Auto Workers that it would keep open its plant in Paris, a town about 150 miles east of Springfield near the Indiana border.
Shortly after the Paris workers went on strike in 2008, ZF Boge said it was shutting the factory and moving all operations to an existing plant in Hebron, Ky. The Paris facility, which had been one of the largest employers in the community of 9,000 residents, was closed in 2009.
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