Academy Award Maker Denies Earned Benefits to Workers

Fri Jun 7, 2013 9:17am EDT

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Academy Award Maker Denies Earned Benefits to Workers

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Chicago Teamsters Rally on Friday Ahead of Contract Negotiations

(CHICAGO) - R.S. Owens, the Chicago company that's produced Hollywood's coveted Oscar statues for decades, is refusing to compensate its former workforce for nearly a year of earned vacation benefits.

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The awards manufacturer owes approximately 48 workers as much as four and a half weeks of vacation benefits they accrued in 2012, its final year of operation on Chicago's northwest side. R.S. Owens merged in December with St. Regis Crystal, a Canadian firm, which rehired more than 30 of the company's long-term employees. Many who kept their jobs producing the Academy Award—and particularly those who didn't—were shocked to find the vacation benefits promised by their former boss were lost in the transition.

"Most of these employees proudly worked for R.S. Owens for more than 25 years," said Emma Moreno, Vice President of Teamsters Local 743, which represents the workers. "While the union applauds St. Regis for rehiring much of the talented workforce, the company cannot cheat its workers or deny them their rights. R.S. Owens must honor the benefits its workers have earned."

Local 743 is expected to enter negotiations with St. Regis beginning June 12 to bargain a new contract for the manufacturing employees. Local 743 will continue to urge former R.S. Owens President Scott Siegel to make workers whole for all vacation benefits earned in 2012.

Chicago Teamsters will rally to support workers from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday outside of the operating facilities retained by St. Regis at 5535 N. Lynch Ave. in Chicago.

WHAT:   Teamsters Rally to Support Awards Manufacturers

WHEN:   11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday, June 7, 2013

WHERE: St. Regis Crystal, 5535 N. Lynch Ave., Chicago, IL

CONTACT: Will Petty, (847) 292-1225

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SOURCE Teamsters Local 743

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