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West Virginia Chemical Workers Join ICWUC for a Better Life

July 21, 2022

On June 9, workers at Elementis Specialties, Inc. in New Martinsville, W. Va., joined ICWUC / UFCW Local 566C for the better wages and benefits that come with a union contract. Elementis Specialties, Inc. is a global chemical company, and the 25 workers are employed as chemical operators, lab technicians, material handlers and maintenance technicians.

These workers joined our union family by a unanimous vote because they were concerned about job security, and wanted the protection and security that a union contract provides.

“Wow! A unanimous vote! A big thank you to President Heasley and John Getz for helping the employees at Elementis to vote unanimously to join ICWUC Local 566,” said Elementis Specialties, Inc. employee Nate Frum. “I also want to thank the members of Local 566 for welcoming us with open arms. They’ve showed us respect and professionalism and made me feel like a brother from the day we met. I’m so proud of the Elementis members for standing together in solidarity. Our first step is complete. Good things are to follow.”

“The ICWUC is proud of the solidarity the workers of Elementis displayed with their unanimous election win,” said ICWUC President Lance E. Heasley. “We are looking forward to getting to the bargaining table and working to secure a contract for these workers.”

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